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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 7
Bosses of All Kinds


The History of the City of New York
A Series of Eight E-Seminars
 
The History of the City of New York
E-Seminar 8, The Reinvention of New York

Taught by: Kenneth T. Jackson

Description
E-Seminar Description
In The Reinvention of New York, the eighth and final e-seminar in his series on the history of New York City, Professor Kenneth T. Jackson discusses New York in light of its ability to adapt to rapidly changing social, political, and economic conditions. He looks at industries that were central to the city.s economy through the middle of the twentieth century and at the service industries that grew up in place of the city.s declining port and manufacturing sector. In a spirited conclusion, he examines the rise of historic preservation and warns against its excesses, advocating for a balanced plan whereby much of New York.s historic flavor and notable architecture would be preserved while at the same time the creation of new jobs, housing, and various commercial opportunities would be encouraged.

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 industries that have been key to the economic history of the United States as well as of New York City in particular.

•   Understand how through government policies certain industries can be encouraged or discouraged to locate in a city.

•   Gain a deeper appreciation for the advantages and disadvantages of historic preservation.


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Outline
1.Industrial Decline
2.Gotham's Enterprises
3.Problems
4.The Port
5.Port Authority
6.Is History for Losers?

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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. 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
Brown, Josh, and David Ment. Factories, Foundries, and Refineries: A History of Five Brooklyn Industries. New York: Brooklyn Rediscovery, Brooklyn Educational and Cultural Alliance, 1980.

Doig, Jameson W. Empire on the Hudson: Entrepreneurial Vision and Political Power at the Port of New York Authority. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.

Freeman, Joshua B. Working-Class New York: Life and Labor Since World War II. New York: New Press (distributed by Norton), 2000.

Lieberman, Richard K. Steinway and Sons. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.

Page, Max. The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900–1940. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.



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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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