Past Programs
WWII & NYC: The Rise and Decline of New York City
Mike Wallace, Kenneth T. Jackson
Sat, April 20th, 2013 |
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
(Members $36)


9 am — Registration and Continental Breakfast

Session 1: From Dutch Backwater to the UN
Featuring: Mike Wallace
World War II was the culmination of a more than 300-year trajectory, which catapulted New York from the edge of the world to its center. Not only did the city become the home of the United Nations, but it emerged as the cultural and economic seat of an American new-style empire.

Session 2: Resilient Metropolis: World War II and the Transformation of New York after 1945
Featuring: Kenneth T. Jackson

By the end of the second World War, New York had established itself as the cultural, financial, and economic capital of the world. But deindustrialization and suburbanization undermined the city to the extent that by 1975 it was on the verge of bankruptcy and collapse. What were the reasons for the city’s decline and how did it recover to become once again the greatest city in the world?

We invite you to visit the exhibition WWII & NYC following the program.


Mike Wallace is a professor of history at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the coauthor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book GothamKenneth T. Jackson is a history professor at Columbia University and the editor of the Encyclopedia of New York City. He is the chief historian for the exhibition WWII & NYC.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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