Harlem: The Unmaking of the Ghetto

AHA Session 218-A
Sunday, January 4, 2015: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Concourse B (New York Hilton, Concourse Level)
Craig Steven Wilder, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lance Freeman, Columbia University
Jonathan Gill, University of Amsterdam
Cheryl L. Greenberg, Trinity College (Hartford)
David Levering Lewis, New York University
Kevin McGruder, Antioch College
Camilo Josť Vergara, writer, photographer, and documentarian
Sponsored by the AHA Local Arrangements Committee [Move to AHA Events if it will be held offsite]

Session Abstract

Founded as s Dutch farming village in the 1600s, Harlem came to international fame in the 1920s as a black community, initially identified as the base of African American arts and entertainment, and then as a symbol of urban problems. In recent decades the community has experienced changes that have affected longtime residents in positive and negative ways. The photo essay book by Camilo Vergara, Harlem: The Unmaking of the Ghetto serves as inspiration for a discussion by a diverse group of scholars who have written about the range of historical forces that have contributed to the identity of Harlem.

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