Kenneth Jackson

In the e-seminar Ethnic New York, about classic New York ethnic neighborhoods for the eight-part series The History of the City of New York, Barzun Professor of History and Social Science Kenneth T. Jackson traces the settlement of Harlem as it took shape in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Jackson, whose lectures about New York City history have been legendary at Columbia for over three decades, argues that what was unusual about the first migration of African Americans to Harlem in the early twentieth century was that it was a neighborhood of mostly new construction, while in many other cities, African Americans were forced into areas that were older and deteriorating.

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Photo Essay: The Streets of Harlem
"Can we think of another neighborhood in the world that has the kind of resonance that Harlem has? Greenwich Village, and neighborhoods in London, but I think it's hard to beat Harlem."
—Robert O'Meally

Arts and Culture
The flowering of Harlem music, theater, and writing is explored by Columbia faculty and recalled by eminent African Americans social leaders.

The Neighborhood
Harlem at different times was a magnet for Jews, West Indians, and African Americans from across the United States.

Reflections on Adam Clayton Powell, the odyssey of David Dinkins and political culture itself in Harlem.
Columbia Next Door
Quotations on Columbia’s role in the Harlem community.

The Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia.
Paul Robeson
One of the most prominent black Americans of the 1930s and 1940s, Robeson won critical and popular acclaim for his stage and screen roles.

Ahead of Their Time
From Sid Luckman to Franklin D. Roosevelt, Columbians have often been ahead of their time.
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