Metropolis: A Comparative History of New York City

Term: 

Not Offered AY 17-18

Req: 

HASS-H

Level: 

Intermediate

Examines the evolution of New York City from 1607 to the present. Readings focus on the city's social and physical histories. Discussions compare New York's development to patterns in other cities.

Columbia College (now Columbia University) in 1828. The following year, the lawyer William Alexander Duer became president. Duer was the product of a West Indian plantation family. The college’s ties to slavery went all the way back to its founding when slave traders dominated the board of trustees.