The History of Urban Life

Readings and Additional Resources

Weekly Readings

Assignment One: Native Cities and European Contact Reading

Assignment Two: Race and Slavery in the American Colonies

Assignment Three: Urban Slavery in the Antebellum United States

Assignment Four: Early Immigrants (Sometimes Without Moving) Alter Urban Landscapes

Assignment Five: The New “Other” in U.S. Cities

Assignment Six: The Great Migration and Depression

Assignment Seven: World War II and the Early Civil Rights Movement

Assignment Eight: Urban Revolt 1960s & 1970s


Additional Readings

Facing History, “Inventing Black and White: Bacon’s Rebellion

________________, “After World War II-The Great Society

Finesurrey, Samuel and Gary Greaves (2021) “A Brief History Black Struggles for Liberation in the United States.”

Finesurrey, Samuel “Case Studies in the History of U.S. Empire and Society

Finesurrey, Samuel, Waleska Cabrera, Meldis Jimenez, Brittiny Ando, Alanna Garcia, Alexander Garcia, Jayden Johnstone, Abdul Mohammed, Sheylany Paulino, Edwin Reed, Emelyn Saavedra, Gisselle Saavedra, Rajendra Singh, Aysia Smith, and Marlena Syriaque (June 2021) “Dreaming of Home: Youth Researchers of Color Address NYC’s Housing Crisis,”

Larson, Julia (2008)  “David Ruggles (1810-1849)” Black Past.

Governor Robert Hunter to Lord of Trade (1712-1713) “Letters on the 1712 Slave Revolt.”

Open Stax U.S. History,“Urbanization and Its Challenges

Pérez, Lisandro (2018) “Sugar, Cigars, and Revolution: The Making of Cuban New York” (New York, NYC: NYU Press).

Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, “Black New Yorkers (1613-1865),” Black New Yorkers (1866-1915),” “Black New Yorkers (1916-1939), “Black New Yorkers (1940-1959),” andBlack New Yorkers (1960-2010).” 

Singer, Alan J. (2018) “The Case Against Peter Stuyvesant,” New York Almanack.

Surrey, David (1982) “Draft RiotsChoice of Conscience (New York, NY: Praeger).

Video Resources

Resources on UN Sustainable Development Goals

Reduced Inequality UNESCO 

UN Sustainable Development Goals: Reduce Inequality