Central Park in New York City, one of the great examples of the work of Frederick Olmsted. (Image courtesy of the National Park Service.)
This course features a full set of readings
from the class, and an example of one of the final papers in the assignments
This is a seminar course that explores the history of selected features of the physical environment of urban America. Among the features considered are parks, cemeteries, tenements, suburbs, zoos, skyscrapers, department stores, supermarkets, and amusement parks. The course gives students experience in working with primary documentation sources through its selection of readings and class discussions. Students then have the opportunity to apply this experience by researching their own historical questions and writing a term paper.