The Death Penalty comes to Harlem, 1925: William Hoyer murders his wife and daughter

The shots with which twenty-five-year-old William Hoyer killed his wife Jennie and five-year-old daughter Sylvia were fired at 430 St Nicholas Avenue, but the events leading up to those murders wove through the spaces of Harlem.  Rich evidence of this case survives because Hoyer was ultimately executed for the crime, one of ten black residents… Continue reading The Death Penalty comes to Harlem, 1925: William Hoyer murders his wife and daughter

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Australian Research Council Grant for a Study of the 1935 Harlem Riot

The Australian Research Council today awarded us a five year grant totaling $702,000 for our new project, Year of the Riot: Harlem 1935.  This amazing news means that we will be to able to expand "Digital Harlem" into the 1930s, taking advantage of the incredibly rich evidence collected by the committee that Mayor La Guardia… Continue reading Australian Research Council Grant for a Study of the 1935 Harlem Riot

“This Harlem Life” now published

Our article, "This Harlem Life: Black Families and Everyday Life in the 1920s and 1930s," has now been published in the Journal of Social History, in the Fall 2010 issue.  <update, 19 July 2011: as six months have elapsed since its publication, I can now provide a copy here>.  I've already posted maps and discussions… Continue reading “This Harlem Life” now published