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A History of New York City

Through four centuries of explosive growth, New York City emerged as one of the world’s most important commercial, industrial, financial, and cultural capitals. In this course, we offer a framework for understanding the city’s varied and eventful history, from its Native American roots through the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the Bloomberg administration. We examine many different facets of the city’s growth, including its politics, finance, architecture, arts, high life and low life, immigrant cultures, and national and international importance. We also highlight some of the city’s most significant figures, such as Alexander Hamilton, DeWitt Clinton, Robert Moses, and Jane Jacobs.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Greater familiarity with the history of New York City and its most influential citizens
  • An understanding of New York City politics, finance, architecture, and arts throughout its history

Ideal for

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