American Studies 202 Prof. L. Hanley
Fall 2004 NAC 6/216
TTh 11:00-12:15 x5875
NAC 6/106 hanley@bway.net


Syllabus

General resource: General: 100 Years of New York City History (NY Times)

Week 1 8/31-9/2

T Intro
Th City of Difference: Immigrants in turn-of-the-century New York
Kate Holladay Claghorn, "The Foreign Immigrant in New York City" (1901)
Optional: Ellis Island (Historychannel)

Week 2 9/7-9/9

T Joanne Reitano, "The Triangle Fire from Industrialism to Progressivism"
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820 - Present (Smithsonian Institute)


Th The Tenement
Lower East Side Tenement Museum Virtual Tour
Lawrence Veiller, "The Tenement House Exhibit of 1899"
"Report of the Tenement House Committee, Working Womens Society"

Week 3 9/14-9/16

T Jacob Riis, "The Mixed Crowd," (from How the Other Half Lives (1890))
"Jewtown," (from How the Other Half Lives (1890))
"The Italian in New York" (from How the Other Half Lives (1890))
"Jim" (from Battle with the Slum (1902))
Optional: "Pietro and the Jew" (from Battle with the Slum (1902))

Th Stephen Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1893)
[or if you prefer to download the entire text, go here]


Week 4 9/21-9/23

T Crane
Optional: Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (1906)

T Crane
Optional: Coney Island
Optional: Vaudeville videos

Week 5 9/28-9/30

T Reading photographs:
James Curtis, "Making Sense of Documentary Photography" (History Matters)
Scholars in Action, "Frank Goodyear Analyzes a Daguerrotype" (History Matters)Photographs:
Jacob Riis photographs:
Museum of the City of New York, "A Century Apart"
Museum of the City of New York, Jacob Riis Collection
Library of Congress, Stereoscopic Views of New York City below 14th Street

Th Painting/The Ashcan School
Ashcan School
Early American Realists, National Gallery
John Sloan (1871 -1951)
Art Archive
World Art Kiosk
National Gallery of Art
George Wesley Bellows
Art Archive
National Gallery
Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
George Luks
Humanities Web
Everrett Shinn
Art Renewal Center
National Gallery


Week 6 10/05-10/07

T Emerald City: New York in the Jazz Age
American Cultural History: 1920-1929 (Kingwood College Library)
The 1920s (Digital History)
Jazz Age Culture (Pittsburgh State University)
City Sites (U. of Birmingham, UK)

Th Skycraper
Architecture of New York City
Skyscraper Museum
"The Skyline," City Sites (U. of Birmingham, UK)

Week 7 10/12-10/14

T John Dos Passos, Manhattan Transfer (1925) [excerpts]

Th Dos Passos [excerpts]
The Connected City: New York (Smithsonian Institute)

Week 8 10/19-10/21

T Consuming desires
Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy (Library of Congress)
Good Housekeeping Magazine, February, 1926 (LoC)
Emergence of Advertising in America (Duke U)


Th Dos Passos, Manhattan Transfer

Week 9 10/26-10/28

T Harlem: Mecca of the New Negro (U Virginia) [selections]
Optional: "Drop Me off in Harlem" (The Kennedy Center)
Harlem: An African-American Community, 1900-1940 (Schomburg Center)
The Harlem Renaissance (Northern Kentucky University)
Optional: The Great Migration
"Great Migration," (Wikipedia) [explain some of the economic, political, social contexts]
"Migrations," (Library of Congress)
Jacob Lawrence, "Great Migration Series" (Columbia University)
Jacob Lawrence, "Migration Series" (Whitney Museum)

Th Jazz
Red Hot Jazz Archive
Ken Burns Jazz (PBS)
Red Hot & Cool

Week 10 11/2-11/4

T Fletcher Henderson [selections]
Duke Ellington [selections]

Th Henderson/Ellington
Harlem After Dark: A Tour (Steve Watson)

Week 11 11/9-11/11

T Dance
Archives of Early Lindy Hop
Jazz Age Dance
What Is Lindy Hop?
"'Scuse me, while I Lindy Hop" (Crossroads Project)

Th Edge City
Necropolis: introducton


Week 12 11/16-11/18

T Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Th Wolfen (1981)

Week 13 11/23 - 11/25

T Piri Thomas, Down These Mean Streets

Th No class: Thanksgiving

Week 14 11/30-12/2

T Thomas

Th 9/11
The 9/11 Commission Report (2004)

Week 15 12/7-12/9

T Alan Confino, "Collective Memory and Cultural History" (Xerox)
September 11: Bearing Witness to History (Smithsonian Inst.)
The September 11 Digital Archive (History Matters)

Th September 11: Bearing Witness to History (Smithsonian Inst.)
The September 11 Digital Archive (History Matters)

Week 16 12/14

T Last day of class