Prof. Ken T. Jackson, Columbia U. E-seminar
New York Historical Society President and eminent Columbia University historian Kenneth T. Jackson has been teaching a course on the history of New York City for over thirty years. In this series of online lectures, Jackson recreates the experience of his legendary Columbia University class with the complement of a wealth of documentary photographs, maps and other illustrative material.
In this first e-seminar of the series, Jackson, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, compares New York City to a variety of other American cities, and urban centers around the world, making the case for why New York is different. In laying out this argument, he looks at cities as a whole, at the specific reasons for their existence, and at their ability to sustain their importance over time. He also examines the different cultural forces that influenced the development of the oldest cities in the New World.