Building New York in the Gilded Age
- Monday, May 9, 2022
Presented live on Zoom
In the late 19th century, New York’s rapid economic growth created a new urban landscape of skyscrapers, affluent residential enclaves, and sprawling tenement districts. While this building boom turned construction into big business and enabled architects, builders, and contractors to expand their enterprises, it also set the stage for explosive labor conflicts. Out of these conflicts emerged powerful employer associations and building trade unions that struggled to govern one of the city’s largest, most competitive, and volatile industries.
Join Alexander Wood, Robert and Helen Appel Fellow in History and Technology at the New-York Historical Society, in conversation with Elizabeth Blackmar, Mary and David Boies Professor of American History at Columbia University, as they discuss New York’s development in the Gilded Age and the labor and union struggles that have come to define the era.
Fellowships at the New-York Historical Society are made possible by Helen and Robert Appel, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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