In 1950, New York was the capital of the world and the greatest city on earth. In 1975, it was in decline, industry and corporations were leaving, white flight was in full flower, crime was rising, and the city was technically bankrupt. In 2010, the city was once again on top, with population gains in the hundreds of thousands, with declining crime, rising property values, and record-breaking tourism. Professor Jackson's lecture will analyze these shifts and make predictions about the future.
Professor Jackson is the Director of the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History. He is the Jacques Barzun Professor of History at Columbia University and former chair of the department of history.