April 4, 2012

Commemorating the Triangle Fire: Child Labor

Laura Lovett, University of MassachusettsHugh D. Hindman, Appalachia State UniversityKriste Lindenmeyer, Rutger’s UniversitySally Greenberg, National Consumers LeagueMarch 24, 2011 To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in March 2011, the Gotham Center (Graduate Center, CUNY) sponsored Remembering the Triangle Fire. In this 55 minute podcast, Laura Lovett (University of Massachusetts) introduces the […]

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March 28, 2012

Racial Segregation and Education in Brooklyn

Craig Steven Wilder, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUFT Headquarters, Bronx, NYMay 24, 2011 Craig Steven Wilder, professor of history at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, speaks to New York City teachers about the influence of school districting on the racial segregation of Brooklyn neighborhoods.  Building on data from his book A Covenant with Color: Race and Social […]

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January 27, 2012

Frank Deale: A Brief History of Affirmative Action and CUNY

Frank Deale, CUNY School of LawCUNY and Race Forum (Professional Staff Congress)New York City College of Technology, CUNYDecember 9, 2011 Professor Frank Deale (CUNY School of Law) gave opening keynote remarks at the CUNY and Race Forum sponsored by the Professional Staff Congress. Providing social, political, and legal historical context for affirmative action, he broached […]

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January 20, 2012

Ellis Island: Place and Paradigm

Vincent DiGirolamo, Baruch College, CUNYCUNY Graduate Center Historian Vincent DiGirolamo discusses the historiography of early 20th-century immigration through Ellis Island. The Ellis Island paradigm he describes is the traditional immigrant narrative: push and pull factors lead poor Europeans to sail to the United States in search of better opportunities, they come through Ellis Island and […]

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January 4, 2012

Deborah Willis: Is There Anything More to See?

Deborah Willis, Tisch School of the Arts, New York UniversityCivil War @ 150: Is There Anything More to See?CUNY Graduate CenterNovember 3, 2011 In this seventeen minute talk, Professor Willis discusses how as Civil War photographs were widely circulated, they became a story telling moment for those who posed. Looking at numerous images, she contemplates […]

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December 22, 2011

David Ruggles, Radical Black Abolitionist, and the Reform Tradition in Antebellum America

Graham Russell Gao Hodges, Colgate UniversityNew York Public Library Historian Graham Russell Gao Hodges leads a discussion of the life of David Ruggles, black abolitionist of the 1830s, conductor of the Underground Railroad in New York City, author of numerous, ground-breaking pamphlets, editor of the nation’s first black magazine, and later, a doctor of hydrotherapy. […]

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December 11, 2011

Grassroots Politics and Reconstruction

Gregory Downs, City College of New York, CUNY“Ballots and Blood: The Grassroots Struggle for the Future of Reconstruction”The Graduate Center, CUNYJuly 19, 2010 The Reconstruction era was marked by both triumph and defeat as the newly emancipated slaves and their allies attempted to establish full political and economic freedoms in the face of violent opposition. […]

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November 24, 2011

Scott Reynolds Nelson: Civil War Myths and Misinformation

Scott Reynolds Nelson, William and Mary CollegeCivil War @ 150: Civil War Myths and MisinformationCUNY Graduate CenterApril 5, 2011 In his 18 minute talk, Scott Reynolds Nelson contrasts three common images or notions from the Civil War with lesser known aspects that prevailed in the nineteenth century. While Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party are […]

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November 17, 2011

Gary W. Gallagher: Civil War Myths and Misinformation

Gary W. Gallagher, University of VirginiaCivil War @150: Civil War Myths and MisinformationCUNY Graduate CenterApril 5, 2011 In this 16 minute talk, Gary W. Gallagher describes the ways that northerners viewed the war and their commitment to the nation as a union. While not downplaying the importance of emancipation, Gallagher argues that the concept of […]

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