Columbia University and Morningside Heights

Author: Michael V. Susi
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738549767
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Outgrowing its remarkably shortlived location in midtown Manhattan, Columbia College moved uptown in the mid1890s, not only transforming itself into an urban university under university president Seth Low, but also creating an urban campus guided by Charles McKim, William Rutherford Mead, and Stanford White's master plan. The university became a major constituent of what would be described as New York's Acropolis on Morningside Heights. It was preceded in this endeavor by the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and St. Luke's Hospital, and it was soon joined by Barnard College, Teachers College, and Union Theological Seminary, among others. The arrival of the Interborough Rapid Transit Subway in 1904 spurred residential and retail development.

Columbia University Dedication of the New Site Morningside Heights

Author: Columbia University
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ISBN: 9781332931958
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Excerpt from Columbia University, Dedication of the New Site, Morningside Heights: Saturday the Second of May, 1896 In 1760 the fact is noted in the records that The College buildings were so far completed that the officers and students began to lodge and mess therein. In honor of George II., and i accord ance With the terms of the Charter, the building thus compited was designated King's College, and the original crown which sur mounted it remains, a witness to its royal foundation. The Rev. Dr. Burnaby, an English traveller, writes: The College when finished will be exceedingly handsome. It is to be built on three Sides of a quadrangle fronting Hudson's or North River, and will be the most beautifully Situated of any College, I believe, in the world; and President Myles Cooper describes the College as it existed in 1773, as distant about a hundred and fifty yards from the Hudson River, which it overlooks, commanding from the eminence on which it Stands a most extensive and beautiful prospect. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

A Storm Foretold

Author: Christiane Collins
Publisher: eBook Bakery
ISBN: 9781938517488
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A Storm Foretold: Columbia University and Morningside Heights, 1968 offers an eyewitness account of the famous confrontation between Columbia and its surrounding community, one of the pivotal civil rights battles that characterized the sixties. Focused from the point of view of urban planning, author and urban historian Christiane Crasemann Collins provides firsthand insight into a preeminent institution's racially motivated tactics. With extensive research, architectural maps, and photos of the protests, A Storm Foretold shows how the university pursued the goal of creating an exclusive white acropolis on the Hudson, justified as a "need for expansion." Beginning with a plan to acquire properties on Morningside Heights, and then to empty them of "undesirable" tenants, a planned cordon sanitaire was intended to blockade the campus against the presumed alien territory of the surrounding neighborhoods, including areas in West Harlem and Morningside Park. In 1968, ignoring growing community opposition, Columbia began construction of a gymnasium next to an athletic field the university had shared with the community since the 1950s at the southern end of the scenic park. Collins' story might be titled, "Morningside Park: A Civil Rights Battle Ground" as grassroots opposition by the multi-racial community grew vigorous. Long angered by an intentionally decimating housing policy, and using "Gym Crow" as the symbol of Columbia's racist policy, community residents, students, and African-American organizations united to call for an end to the gymnasium's "invasion" of public open space. A Storm Foretold brings alive the institutional insensitivity and arrogance that ignited the civil rights movement in Morningside Heights, and the issues Collins presents are as relevant today as they were in the sixties.

Morningside Heights

Author: Andrew S. Dolkart
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231078511
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Few aspects of American military history have been as vigorously debated as Harry Truman's decision to use atomic bombs against Japan. In this carefully crafted volume, Michael Kort describes the wartime circumstances and thinking that form the context for the decision to use these weapons, surveys the major debates related to that decision, and provides a comprehensive collection of key primary source documents that illuminate the behavior of the United States and Japan during the closing days of World War II. Kort opens with a summary of the debate over Hiroshima as it has evolved since 1945. He then provides a historical overview of thye events in question, beginning with the decision and program to build the atomic bomb. Detailing the sequence of events leading to Japan's surrender, he revisits the decisive battles of the Pacific War and the motivations of American and Japanese leaders. Finally, Kort examines ten key issues in the discussion of Hiroshima and guides readers to relevant primary source documents, scholarly books, and articles.

Harlem vs Columbia University

Author: Stefan M. Bradley
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252090586
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In 1968-69, Columbia University became the site for a collision of American social movements. Black Power, student power, antiwar, New Left, and Civil Rights movements all clashed with local and state politics when an alliance of black students and residents of Harlem and Morningside Heights openly protested the school's ill-conceived plan to build a large, private gymnasium in the small green park that separates the elite university from Harlem. Railing against the university's expansion policy, protesters occupied administration buildings and met violent opposition from both fellow students and the police. In this dynamic book, Stefan M. Bradley describes the impact of Black Power ideology on the Students' Afro-American Society (SAS) at Columbia. While white students--led by Mark Rudd and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)--sought to radicalize the student body and restructure the university, black students focused on stopping the construction of the gym in Morningside Park. Through separate, militant action, black students and the black community stood up to the power of an Ivy League institution and stopped it from trampling over its relatively poor and powerless neighbors. Bradley also compares the events at Columbia with similar events at Harvard, Cornell, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Stand Columbia a History of Columbia University in the City of New York 1754 2004

Author: Robert A. McCaughey
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231130082
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Marking Columbia University's 250th anniversary, this is the definitive history of one of America's oldest and most redoubtable urban institutions in the country's largest, most culturally diverse city. This comprehensive history of Columbia University extends from the prefounding discussions about New York City being "a fit Place for a colledge" in 1704 to the recent inauguration of Lee Bollinger as president.