New York: Persons and Places

Mark N. Ozer

Who? What? Where? When and Why? are the questions to be answered by a visitor or a long time resident of Manhattan Island. We explore the physical manifestations of its history as well as the persons and their ideas that have contributed to the making of New York a world capital. It embodied the spirit of modernity in the 20th century with its skyscrapers and cultural dynamism. It was the emblem of a society pointed toward the future rising on the crest of a confident American democracy, renewed with its great bridges and tunnels after the Great Depression. It is also an embodiment of America in both its polyglot nature and its commercialism. It represented the great hope of the post-Second World War world as the headquarters of the United Nations with America the world leader.

Even in ever-new New York, the exploration of the city lies not only in its present, but in its sometimes hidden past that continues to express itself in its buildings and streets.

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Table of Contents

  • INTRODUCTION
  • CHAPTER 1 THE ISLAND IN THE CENTER OF THE WORLD
  • Introduction
    • 1.1. New Netherlands
    • 1.2 The British Colonial Period
    • 1.3. The Revolutionary Era
    • 1.4. The Federal Capital
  • CHAPTER 2 THE CITY OF EMPIRE 1804-1860
    • Introduction
    • 2.1. A Growing City
    • 2.2. Connections with the West
    • 2.3 The City of Immigrants
  • CHAPTER 3 THE CIVIL WAR AND ITS AFTERMATH 1860-1876
    • Introduction
    • 3.1. New York and the Onset of War
    • 3.2. The City in War Time
    • 3.3 The Growing City
  • CHAPTER 4 THE IMMIGRANT CITY 1876-1914
    • Introduction
    • 4.1. The Irish Immigration
    • 4.2 The Great Jewish Migration
    • 4.3 The Growing City
    • 4.4. The Jewish Labor Movement
    • 4.5. The Italian Migration
    • 4.6. Wall Street and the Industrialization of America
  • CHAPTER 5 NEW YORK AND THE “WORLD OF TOMORROW”
    • Introduction
    • 5.1 “Judaism as a Civilization”
    • 5.2 The Political Evolution of New York City
    • 5.3. New York Bohemia
    • 5.4. The Growing City
    • 5.5 “The New York Intellectuals”
  • CHAPTER 6 THE WORLD CAPITAL 1945-2000
    • Introduction
    • 6.1. The Changing Face of the City
    • 6.2.. The Center for Communication
    • 6.3. The World Cultural Capital
    • 6.4 The Post-War Era
  • WORKS CONSULTED
  • LIST OF FIGURES
  • INDEX
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
New York: Persons and Places
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