Tuesday, June 19, 2012

RADICAL HISTORY TOUR


RADICAL HISTORY TOUR OF GREENWICH VILLAGE AND THE LOWER EAST SIDE

A Walking Tour with Historian Lawrence P. Rockwood PhD


Walk through streets th
at witnessed the heyday of American radicalism of the early 20th century and learn about the culture that gave us the very concept of the intellectual. Hear about the lives and love affairs of New York City’s most famous radicals.

Monday, May 21, 2012

CATHOLIC NEW YORK: A RADICAL HISTORY

Nowhere has social conflict challenged and facilitated thedevelopment of an inclusive American identity than on the streets of New YorkCity and for no group did this quest for inclusion burn brighter than in thehearts and actions of New York City’s Catholics. The tour will address the role of Catholicsin the social and immigrant history of New York City with an emphasis on thehistory the Lower East Side and the former Five Points.

While being the birthplace of America’s firstnative born humanitarian saints, Elizabeth Ann Seton and Mother Cabrini, it wasalso the ground where Bishop “Dagger John” Hughes and the Ancient Order ofHibernians fought for immigrant rights and defended Catholic churches fromnativist violence. The birth of theCatholic Parochial school, which provoked much of the anti-Catholic prejudiceof the mid-nineteenth century, was also witnessed in our city. The first established ethnic parishes will bediscussed in contest of the wider immigrant experience of the area.

Important historical incidents such as the1863 Draft Riots and the 1871 Orange Riots will also be addressed on thetour. The tour will focus on thepolitical and intellectual legacies of New York Catholics to include: the status of Catholics in the colonialperiod; the Tammany Hall political machine; and the Catholic responses toslavery and anti-slavery movements. Finally,the social teaching of the Church (Rerum Novarum) will be viewed in context ofthe great 1914 Cooper Union debatebetween Father John Ryan and Socialist Party leader Morris Hillquit and theestablishment of the Catholic Worker Movement under Dorothy Day.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

TWO OCCUPATIONS: OCCUPY WALL STREET AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION IN NEW YOR CITY



Just as the streets of lower Manhattan are now the site of a working class demonstrations over economic inequality, these same streets where the site of radical working class occupation of the streets of the city that led to the outbreak of the American Revolution. American historian and OWS participant, Lawrence Rockwood, PhD, will give a brief orientation tour addressing the questions left out of your high school American history textbooks: why was the Revolution more radical and working class in New York City than in Boston and Philadelphia; how did the British authorities lose control of the streets of New York City; and what is a stake today in the current battle of over the control of the streets and parks of New York City. In July 1776, New Yorkers pulled down a bronze statue of King George III in Bowling Green Park. Today, the New York City Police Department is spending millions in overtime pay trying to keep history from repeating itself on the exact same spot. How long will the bronze bull survive?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

MAKING IT POLITICAL: THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE AND THE RADICAL RESPONSE TO A CAPITALIST CATASTROPHE

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Free Anniversary Tour: We will be starting our season with a free tour on the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Learn about the political response to the event that led to the heyday of American radicalism of the early 20th century.

When: Sunday 10AM
May 1 2011

Where:
Washington Square Park
Fountain at Center of Park
(B, D, F, M Trains
to 4th Street Station,
walk east 1 block on
4th St to the park
Tour ends at May Day demo at Union Square