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One Hundred Years of Activism: Radical NYC from the Progressive Era to Today

In 1916, a Jamaican immigrant named Marcus Garvey arrived in New York City to lead the largest mass movement of African Americans in history. That same year, anarchist Emma Goldman captivated a crowd at Union Square as she insisted on women’s right to control their own bodies. In 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory galvanized thousands of workers, mainly immigrant women, to demand better conditions. Sound familiar? This course will explore New York’s rich activist past by focusing on the struggles for workers’ rights, racial justice, and gender and sexual equality. Not only will we read about this history, but we also will discuss and debate it, listen to it (through recordings of political speeches and music), look at it (via film clips), and physically visit—through walking tours—some of the places where these movements took place.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the activist movements that shaped New York City
  • Familiarity with NYC landmarks and locations that were central to activist movements

Ideal for

  • Those interested in history, political science, and grassroots movements
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.