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Fall 2018-2019
* HIS 388 / URB 388 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Unrest and Renewal in Urban America

Alison E. Isenberg

This course surveys the history of cities in the United States from colonial settlement to the present. Over centuries, cities have symbolized democratic ideals of immigrant "melting pots" and cutting-edge innovation, as well as urban crises of disorder, decline, crime, and poverty. Urban life has concentrated extremes like rich and poor; racial and ethnic divides; philanthropy and greed; skyscrapers and parks; violence and hope; center and suburb. The course examines how cities in U.S. history have brokered revolution, transformation and renewal, focusing on class, race, gender, immigration, capitalism, and the built environment.

Sample reading list:
Jill Lepore, New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, Conspiracy
Sarah Deutsch, Women and the City: Gender, Space, and Power in Boston
Chloe Taft, From Steel to Slots: Casino Capitalism
Horatio Alger, Ragged Dick
Eric Avila, Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist
Michael Katz, Why Don't American Cities Burn?
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 250 pages of reading per week; two five-page, guided research papers using primary sources. Course includes historical walking tour in New York.

Mid Term Exam - 15%
Final Exam - 20%
Papers - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Community-Engaged Learning Component Optional

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
PDF option is not available to History concentrators..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21424 L01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T Th   McCormick Hall   106   Enrolled:13 Limit:25
24328 P01 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am Th   McCosh Hall   B11   Enrolled:13 Limit:12 Closed
23226 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled