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Lure of the city


History as Destiny: The Case of New York City
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant interactive tools:
New York Enchants John Reed
New York Enchants John Reed

Urban Crisis: Disease, Crime, and Space
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant texts:
Creating Valuable Land
Cities and Disease

The Search for a Scientific Culture
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant pages:
American Ambivalence

The Physical World Transformed
Resource Type: Primary Source
The Flatiron Building under construction (c.1902).

Report of the Magdalen Society
Resource Type: Primary Source
Led by John Robert McDowell, a Princeton divinity student, the Magdalen Society was founded in 1831 to help reform prostitutes living in the Five Points slum.

Cholera Outbreak
Resource Type: Primary Source
This article, written during the cholera epidemic of 1832, conveyed the opinion that only certain social types contracted the deadly disease.

Sunshine and Shadow in New York
Resource Type: Primary Source
Sunshine and Shadow in New York, a mid-nineteenth-century publication, depicts New York City as two polar societies, one affluent and vibrant, and one poor and diseased.

Brooklyn Bridge
Resource Type: Primary Source
An important American modernist painter, John Marin (1870–1953) established his reputation with his work in watercolors. Although known for his landscape paintings, Marin expresses his interest in urban life in Brooklyn Bridge, which associates the excitement of New York with the famous bridge. The bridge connects Manhattan to Brooklyn and had been completed about thirty years earlier, in 1883.

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