The Restless City: A Short History of New York from Colonial Times to the Present
The Restless City: A Short History of New York from Colonial Times to the Present

The Restless City: A Short History of New York from Colonial Times to the Present

by Joanne Reitano


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The Restless City: A Short History of New York from Colonial Times to the Present is a short, lively history of the world's most exciting and diverse metropolis. It shows how New York's perpetual struggles for power, wealth, and status exemplify the vigor, creativity, resilience, and influence of the nation's premier urban center.

The updated second edition includes nineteen images and brings the story right up through the mayoral election of 2009. In these pages are the stories of a broad cross-section of people and events that shaped the city, including mayors and moguls, women and workers, and policemen and poets. Joanne Reitano shows how New York has invigorated the American dream by confronting the fundamental economic, political, and social challenges that face every city. Energized by change, enriched by immigrants, and enlivened by provocative leaders, New York City's restlessness has always been its greatest asset.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138681699
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/07/2018
Edition description: New
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Joanne Reitano is Professor of History at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY, and author of New York State: People, Places and Priorities.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition ix

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 City of the Whirlpool, 1609-1799 7

Practical Toleration 10

Slavery in the City 15

Revolution 19

Post-Revolutionary Conflicts 25

Chapter 3 Gotham: The Paradoxical City, 1800-1840 31

Fanny Wright and Equality 37

The 1834 Election Riot and Political Change 42

The 1834 Anti-Abolitionist Riot and Social Change 45

The 1834 Stonecutters' Riot and Economic Change 49

Chapter 4 The Proud and Passionate City, 1840-1865 55

The 1849 Astor Place Riots 57

Cultural Conflict in the 1840s and 1850s 62

Fernando Wood and the Free City 65

The 1863 Draft Riots 72

Chapter 5 The Empire City: Questioning the Gilded Age, 1865-1899 79

The Political Question: Tammany's Empire 84

The Social Question: The Discovery of Poverty 89

The Economic Question: Labor Organizes 95

Chapter 6 The City of Ambition: Progressivism on Trial, 1900-1919 105

The Bohemian Revolt 109

The Color Line 113

To Eat, To Work, To Vote 118

"Red Emma" 126

Chapter 7 The Big Apple: Pursuing the Dream, 1920-1945 131

The New Negro 134

The Sidewalks of New York 139

The 1935 and 1943 Harlem Riots 146

Chapter 8 World City: Redefining Gotham, 1945-1969 155

Robert Moses: Power, Planning, and Protest 160

The 1964 Harlem Riot 164

Liberalism and the White Backlash 170

Chapter 9 Big Apple Redux: Leadership under Fire, 1970-1993 181

John Lindsay and Leadership 184

Abraham Beame and Leadership 188

Ed Koch and Leadership 192

David Dinkins and Leadership 198

Chapter 10 A "New" New York City, 1994-2010 205

The Newcomers 206

Rudolph Giuliani: Revising Gotham 214

The World Trade Center Tragedy 226

Michael Bloomberg: Reconsidering Gotham 232

Whither New York City? 239

Suggestions for Further Inquiry 243

Notes 247

Index 313

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