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American Urban History I

As taught in: Spring 2005

An aerial photograph of the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA.

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. (Image courtesy of theĀ National Park Service.)


Prof. Robert Fogelson

MIT Course Number:

11.013J / 21H.231J



Course Highlights

Course Description

This course is a seminar on the history of institutions and institutional change in American cities from roughly 1850 to the present. Among the institutions to be looked at are political machines, police departments, courts, schools, prisons, public authorities, and universities. The focus of the course is on readings and discussions.