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E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
History as Destiny: The Case of New York City


E-Seminar 2
Colonial City: Revolutionary Battleground


E-Seminar 3
Urban Crisis: Fire and Water


E-Seminar 4
Urban Crisis: Disease, Crime, and Space


E-Seminar 5
City People


E-Seminar 7
Bosses of All Kinds


E-Seminar 8
The Reinvention of New York


The History of the City of New York
A Series of Eight E-Seminars
 
The History of the City of New York
E-Seminar 6, Ethnic New York

Taught by: Kenneth T. Jackson

Description
E-Seminar Description
In Ethnic New York, the sixth e-seminar in an eight-part series, Kenneth T. Jackson traces the development of New York City's ethnic neighborhoods, particularly two of the most famous: Harlem and the Lower East Side. Professor Jackson examines the evolution of housing codes, which set guidelines for the layout of buildings and the provision of amenities and have left their stamp on much of the city's current housing stock. He also follows the movement of ethnic communities from one part of the city to another as neighborhoods once out of their reach were made accessible to them by the rise of public transportation or, in the case of Harlem in the early years of the twentieth century, by an oversupply of speculative housing.

For more than three decades, Professor Jackson has taught a course at Columbia on the history of New York City. This series of e-seminars includes a wealth of documentary and archival photography, interactive maps, and other illustrative material.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•   Provide an understanding for the reasons behind building-construction styles in New York City .

•   Trace the genesis and development of well-known neighborhoods in New York City.

•   Explain the emergence of housing codes that enabled people to live in close quarters but in a sustainable manner.


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Outline
1.A City of Neighborhoods
2.Harlem
3.The Lower East Side
4.The Housing Crisis
5.Tenement Law

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Kenneth T. Jackson is the Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University, where he has taught for more than three decades. The president of the New-York Historical Society, Professor Jackson is the editor of The Encyclopedia of New York City (1995) and the author of numerous books. He has been the guest of Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and of the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace but is most at home in the streets, subways, and neighborhoods of New York City, where for many years he has led all-night bicycle rides, three-hour walking tours, and all-day bus trips. When he is not in the classroom at Columbia teaching courses in urban, social, and military history, he can sometimes be found in the gymnasium playing basketball with students. In 1993 Playboy magazine named him one of the most popular professors in the United States, and in 1999 he was the recipient of the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates. The New York Council for the Humanities named him Scholar of the Year in 2001.

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Recommended Reading
Howe, Irving. World of Our Fathers. (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976).

Kessner, Thomas. The Golden Door: Italian and Jewish immigrant Mobility in New York City, 1880-1915. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1977).

Osofsky, Gilbert. Harlem, The Making of a Ghetto: Negro New York, 1890-1930 (2d ed. New York: Harper and Row, 1971; Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1996).

Plunz, Richard. A History of Housing in New York City: Dwelling Type and Social Change in the American Metropolis. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1990).


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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
128 MB of RAM (256 MB or more recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
128 MB of RAM (256 MB or more recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)


*Note: This e-seminar is optimized for high bandwidth connections.

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