Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tenement Talk of the Day: Kenneth Jackson, The Encyclopedia of New York City, 2nd Edition, December 8, 2010

As part of the weekly Tenement Talks series at the Tenement Museum, we were delighted to welcome Kenneth Jackson in December to discuss the 2nd Edition of The Encyclopedia of New York City. 

Kenneth Jackson is the Jacques Barzun Professor of History at Columbia University, where he has chaired the Department of History. The author of the prize-winning Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States, he has taught New York City history for four decades.

Ken Jackson with President of the Tenement Museum, Morris Vogel

Sam Roberts wrote in the New York Times that this is an “encyclopedia sure to please and irritate.” Much has changed since the first edition appeared in 1995: the World Trade Center no longer dominates the skyline and a billionaire businessman has become an unlikely three-term mayor. Ken Jackson addressed these changes and shared highlights from the second edition—now updated with 800 new entries, including one on the Lower East Side. Ric Burns, Mike Wallace and Bill Moyers all agree that this award winner is the definitive reference book about New York City.

Ken Jackson's Tenement Talk on the Encylopedia of New York City is available to listen again to here:

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