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Jazz Age New York: New York City in the 1920s

The growing gap between rich and poor, record housing shortages, unstoppable gentrification. This could describe New York City today, but it also describes the city in the 1920s. In this course, explore New York and the United States from the end of World War I in 1918 to the stock market crash of 1929, as postwar New York gained a new global importance and surpassed London as the center of world finance. Rising prosperity, new cultural forms (jazz, movies, musical comedy), and new technologies (cars, radio) transformed people’s lives. We will look at architecture (Sutton Place, Chrysler Building), fashion (flappers, Hattie Carnegie, Poiret, Vionnet), Prohibition, the 19th Amendment, the Harlem Renaissance (W. E. B. Du Bois, Aaron Douglas), the anti-immigration movement, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, and much more in a wide-ranging, fully illustrated survey of the city in one of its headiest times.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the political and socioeconomic issues of post-WWI New York City
  • Greater familiarity with the culture of the time, including, music, film, literature, art, and architecture

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
  • The curious and creative

2 sections

  • Spring 2018
    • Section

      001
    • Semester

      Spring 2018
    • Date

      Feb 22 - Apr 26
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

      1:00PM-2:40PM
      • In-Person
    • Format

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Midtown Center
    • Section

      002
    • Semester

      Spring 2018
    • Date

      Feb 22 - Apr 26
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

      6:45PM-8:25PM
      • In-Person
    • Format

      In-Person
      • In-Person
    • Sessions

      10
    • Location

      Midtown Center