History of the City of New York
HIST W3535 History of the City of New York, taught by Kenneth Jackson, is one of the most famous classes at Columbia. It is particularly well-known for its all-night bike tour of the city, led by Professor Jackson.
- Readings - Empire City, edited by Prof Jackson, plus a few other urban history/theory books (such as Death and Life of Great American Cities).
- Total of 8 discussion sections throughout semester, with 300-500 word responses due for each section
- Either 1) 15-20 page walking tour of an assigned neighborhood, written in groups of three, or 2) an internship with a local organization.
- Seven walking tours of the city. Extra credit no longer granted for doing more than 7.
- Midterm (20%) and final (40%)
- Optional all-night bicycle tour of the city
- Course introduction
- History as destiny: the case of NYC
- Dutch outpost; English prize
- Revolutionary battlefield
- The rise to North American dominance
- Making the city livable: fire and water
- Epidemics and sanitation
- City people: new ways of living in the metropolis
- Police, prostitution, and public order
- City boss and ward boss: the legacy of Tammany Hall
- Making the city livable: cemeteries, parks, and open space
- New York City and the transportation revolution
- The draft riots: immigration and race in New York
- The Brooklyn Bridge and the consolidation of greater New York
- Tenements and tenement house reform
- The making of a world city: 1880-1930
- Black New York
- Skyscraper city
- Popular culture
- Capital of the world: high culture and performing arts
- NYC in depression and decline: 1930-1977
- The world that Robert Moses made
- Conflict and compromise: the city as refuge and haven for dissent
- If Jane Jacobs returned to New York
- The return of a giant: NYC Reemergent