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The Immigrant City in the United States, 1880-1924

AMST 328
Spring 2015
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: HIST 328, FGSS 328
Course Cluster: Urban Studies

The formation, in the wake of massive immigration, of ethnic cultural enclaves in U.S. cities played a decisive role in shaping both literal and figurative cityscapes in the years that American culture made the transition to modernity. This seminar examines both the adaptation of immigrant cultures to the urban context and the collision of these cultures with the dominant WASP ideology shared by reformers, politicians, literati, and nativists alike. Particular attention will be paid to the ways ethnic and religious differences modulated class and gender systems. The connections between mass immigration and the emergence of mass entertainment will be explored with special attention to the film industry and amusement parks like Coney Island. Paintings, photographs, architecture, and film will supplement written sources.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(FGSS)(HIST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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