Empire City: New York Through the Centuries

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Kenneth T. Jackson, David S. Dunbar
Columbia University Press, 2002 - 994 sider
As perhaps never before in its extraordinary history, New York has captured the American imagination. This major anthology brings together not only the best literary writing about New York--from O. Henry, Theodore Dreiser, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Paul Auster, and James Baldwin, among many others--but also the most revealing essays by politicians, philosophers, city planners, social critics, visitors, immigrants, journalists, and historians.

The anthology begins with an account of Henry Hudson's voyage in 1609 and ends with an essay written especially for this book by John P. Avlon, former Mayor Rudolph Guiliani's speechwriter, called "The Resilient City," on the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center as observed from City Hall. The editors have chosen some familiar favorites, such as Washington Irving's A History of New York and Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," as well as lesser-known literary and historical gems, such as Frederick Law Olmsted's plan for Central Park and Cynthia Ozick's "The Synthetic Sublime"--an updated answer to E. B. White's classic essay Here Is New York, which is also included. The variety and originality of the selections in Empire City offer a captivating account of New York's growth, and reveal often forgotten aspects of its political, literary, and social history.

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COLONIAL PERIOD 16241783
15
Account of Henry Hudsons Voyage in 1609
23
The Representation of New Netherland 1650
30
Description of the Towne of Mannadens ANONYMOUS 1661
36
True Copy of Articles Whereupon The New Netherlands Were
42
Benjamin Blagges Memorial from The Documentary
50
From the New York Weekly Journal March 11 1733
56
From Plunkitt of Tammany Hall WILLIAM RIORDON 1905
488
The Spirit of the Girl Strikers from The Outlook
506
From The Autobiography of an ExColored Man
519
Compact Between the States of New York and New Jersey The Port
530
From The Color of a Great City 1923 THEODORE DREISER
536
Arrangement in Black and White DOROTHY PARKER 1927
548
General Retrospect and Summary from The Graphic Regional
555
Selected Writings of THOMAS WOLFE 19251935 1935
564

The Great Negro Plot of 1741 from The New York Conspiracy
65
State of the Province of New York Cadwallader Colden 1765
81
The Forgotten Saga of the Prison Ships
94
From An Excursion to the United States of North America in the Summer
107
Free Schools DEWITT CLINTON 1809
124
From Travels Through North America KARL BERNHARD
143
From Travels in North America in the Years 1827 and 1828
152
From America and the Americans JAMES BOARDMAN 1833
159
1835 1847 1849 PHILIP HONE
165
From Cinco meses en los EstadosUnidos de la América del Norte desde el 20
171
From Democracy in America ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE 1835
178
From American Notes for General Circulation
186
Two Worlds from Journal RICHARD HENRY DANA 1843
195
1857 1859 1863 1869 GEORGE TEMPLETON STRONG
202
From Travels in the United States during 1849 and 1850 LADY
209
From MobyDick HERMAN MELVILLE 1851
222
Containing Remarks on Some of
228
Skizzen aus dem Amerikanischen Leben
240
From Life and Liberty in America CHARLES MACKAY 1859
244
INDUSTRIAL METROPOLIS 18601898
255
Selected Writings of African Americans in Brooklyn 18491928
261
The Republic of NewYork from Debows Review
268
Selected Writings on Central Park
278
The Life of the Street Rats from The Dangerous Classes of New York
292
Sandhog from My Life and Loves FRANK HARRIS 1922
301
ViceBuster from Frauds Exposed ANTHONY COMSTOCK 1880
311
The Senate Committee on the Relations Between Labor and Capital
318
Experience of a Chinese Journalist from Puck
329
From How the Other Half Lives JACOB RIIS 1890
338
A Glimpse of High Society from Society as I Have Found
356
From New York History 18601890 THEODORE ROOSEVELT 1891
362
From Darkness and Daylight HELEN CAMPBELL 1892
370
Minetta Lane STEPHEN CRANE 1896
383
Selected Writings by COLONEL GEORGE WARING 1897 1899
390
WORLD CITY 18981948
397
The TenementHouse Exhibition of 1899
422
The Plan of a City JEAN SCHOPFER 1902
436
From The Gospel of Wealth ANDREW CARNEGIE 1903
452
The Days Work of a New Law Tenement Inspector from Charities
474
Harlem Runs Wild CLAUDE MCKAY 1935
575
The ManMoth ELIZABETH BISHOP 1935
582
The Fourteenth Ward from Black Spring HENRY MILLER 1936
592
My Lost City from The CrackUp F SCOTT FITZGERALD 1936
602
The Fairy Catastrophe from When the Cathedrals Were White
611
Apology for Breathing from Back Where I Came From
619
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities DELMORE SCHWARTZ 1938
639
Ten Misconceptions of New York FIORELLO LA GUARDIA 1939
647
The Eighty Yard Run IRWIN SHAW 1942
653
The Making of a New Yorker JOHN STEINBECK 1943
666
Voice WOODY GUTHRIE 1945
673
WORLD CAPITAL 19482002
683
A Place Any Place to Transcend All Places
691
Here Is New York E B WHITE 1949
695
Selected Writings of LANGSTON HUGHES
712
The King of Harlem FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA 1955
720
Remarks on the Groundbreaking at Lincoln Square
736
New York Scenes from Lonesome Traveler JACK KEROUAC 1960
750
The Warhol 60s
760
Introduction and Summary from The Second Regional Plan 1968
767
Goodbye to All That JOAN DIDION 1968
779
The Yankees BRUCE CATTON 1968
788
Giving a Damn About Hell from Robert Kennedy
798
13Point Program and Platform YOUNG LORDS PARTY 1969
808
From Radical Chic and MauMauing the Flak Catchers
815
The Harlem Tragedy of Earl Manigault from The City
824
Ode to New York REED WHITTEMORE 1974
834
The Brooklyn Bridge from Sketches from Life
840
The Transformation of a Civic
851
Auggie Wrens Christmas Story PAUL AUSTER 1990
863
Autumn in New York MURRAY KEMPTON 1990
870
Manhattan 1976 from About This Life BARRY LOPEZ 1993
873
Talk That Talk from In the Place to Be GUY TREBAY 1994
891
The Search for the Perfect Slice
905
Someplace in Queens IAN FRAZIER 1998
918
Walking Freestyle Through the Upper East
937
Science Fiction JUNOT DIAZ 2000
962
Sources and Acknowledgments
977
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