Associate Professor of History and Urban Affairs
National Humanities Center Fellow
About the SeminarBetween 1880 and the first decades of the twentieth century, American cities became something new on the nation's landscape. Millions of men and women from small-town and rural America and from abroad flooded into them. Some found jobs in skyscrapers, rode the subways, and played in amusement parks. Others toiled in sweat shops, lived in tenements, and starved. But for all, the experience of the metropolis was new. How did life in the great cities change the way we worked, the way we traveled, the way we played, the way we saw the world, and the way we saw ourselves?
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- From the American Memory Timeline from the Library of Congress: The Rise of Industrial America, 1876–1900: City Life in the Late 19th Century.
- From the American Memory Timeline from the Library of Congress: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900–1929: Cities During the Progressive Era.
- From the National Humanities Center's primary source collection Gilded & Gritty: America, 1870–1912: People: Assimilation and the Crucible of the City.
- "State Street, Chicago," photo; and New York, painting
- Rube and Mandy at Coney Island, Thomas A. Edison, Inc., film clip
- "Amusing the Million," Frederic Thompson
- Ragged Dick; Or, Street Life in New York, Horatio Alger, Jr., excerpts
- Photographs of immigrants, Ellis Island, Lewis W. Hine
- How the Other Half Lives, Studies Among the Tenements of New York, Jacob Riis, excerpts
- "The Lost Beautifulness" and "Soap and Water," short stories, Anzia Yezierska
- Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto, Abraham Cahan, excerpts
- "The Wife of His Youth," Charles W. Chesnutt, short story