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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
Ethnic New York


E-Seminar 6
Urban Crisis: Fire and Water


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 7, Bosses of All Kinds

Taught by: Kenneth T. Jackson

Description
E-Seminar Description
In Bosses of all Kinds, the seventh e-seminar in a series on the history of New York City, Professor Kenneth T. Jackson looks at Tammany Hall bosses, Robert Moses, and other political figures in the history of New York who, though unelected, have wielded extraordinary power. Professor Jackson offers insight into the relationship between Tammany politicians, who were often maligned, and their disenfranchised immigrant constituencies. Discussing The Power Broker, Robert Caro's monumental biography of Robert Moses, Professor Jackson provides counterpoint to Caro's critical view of Moses' accomplishments and motives. Professor Jackson stresses that, in ensuring that New York City would have the infrastructure it needed to become a modern city, Moses performed a service of enormous value.

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
•   Learn about the history of New York City politics.

•   Gain insight into the personalities, backgrounds, and motives of some of the most powerful political leaders in the history of New York City.


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Outline
1.Tammany Hall
2.The Machine
3.Later Bosses
4.Sullivan
5.Final Years
6.Robert Moses

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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
Callow, Alexander B., Jr. The Tweed Ring. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1966).

Caro, Robert A.The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York. (New York: Knopf, 1974).

Hershkowitz, Leo. Tweed's New York: Another Look (Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Press / Doubleday, 1977).

Krieg, Joan P., editor. Robert Moses: Single-Minded Genius. Long Island Studies Conference, (Hofstra University. Interlake, N.Y.: Heart of the Lakes, 1989).

Mandelbaum, Seymour J. Boss Tweed's New York (New York: Wiley, 1965).

Schwartz, Joel. The New York Approach: Robert Moses, Urban Liberals, and Redevelopment of the Inner City (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1993).



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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)


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