Instructor: Gwynneth Malin
NYU course number: HIST-GA 1752

This course explores the scholarly literature and practices of local history and of community history with a focus on New York City (with some arm-chair traveling to other locations). By reading some of the formative histories of different communities, we will examine the changing nature of “local” and of “community” given the evolving historical interpretations of ethnicity, race, gender, and sexuality. We will relate the scholarly literature to the practice of public history by evaluating the interpretation at various historical sites. Together, we will investigate how and why local and community history remain compelling and relevant today.

Local and Community History is offered every other fall.

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