The Restless City Reader
A New York City Sourcebook
From Peter Stuyvesant to Mayor Bloomberg, New York City’s history is full of vibrant characters, riveting events, and fascinating controversies that reflect shifting economic, political, social, and cultural currents within New York’s long history. The Restless City Reader: A New York City Sourcebook uses primary and secondary sources from a variety of perspectives to illuminate the issues that have affected the city and its people.
The Restless City Reader can be used alone or with The Restless City, a short narrative history of New York from colonial times to the present. With a helpful introduction and document head notes, as well as study questions and suggestions for further inquiry, The Restless City Reader is a short, engaging, usable collection of sources for students, professors, and anyone interested in the city – its dreams, its challenges, its voices.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The Restless City 2. 1609-1799 3. 1800-1840 4. 1840-1865 5. 1865-1900 6. 1900-1920 7. 1920-1945 8. 1945-1970 9. 1970-1993 10. 1993-2008
Joanne Reitano earned a BA from Vassar College and a PhD from New York University. She is Professor of History Emerita at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. Her other book-length publications include Work and Society: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, The Tariff Question in the Gilded Age: The Great Debate of 1888, The Restless City: A Short History of New York From Colonial Times to the Present, and New York State: People, Places, and Priorities. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.