11.014J / 21H.232J American Urban History II

Fall 2004

Central Park.

Central Park in New York City, one of the great examples of the work of Frederick Olmsted. (Image courtesy of the National Park Service.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of readings from the class, and an example of one of the final papers in the assignments section. This course also features archived syllabi from various semesters.

Course Description

This is a seminar course that explores the history of selected features of the physical environment of urban America. Among the features considered are parks, cemeteries, tenements, suburbs, zoos, skyscrapers, department stores, supermarkets, and amusement parks. The course gives students experience in working with primary documentation sources through its selection of readings and class discussions. Students then have the opportunity to apply this experience by researching their own historical questions and writing a term paper.
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Prof. Robert Fogelson

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session