Childcare in 1920s Harlem

While most employed adults travelled outside Harlem to work six days a week, children remained in the neighborhood. An Urban League study of 2400 families published in 1927 found that more than half of the mothers were in paid employment. Those women reported a variety of means of providing care for the youngest of their… Continue reading Childcare in 1920s Harlem


Mapping a Riot: Harlem, 1935

Cross-posted from On March 19, 2016, I participated in the Working Group on Interpreting the History of Race Riots and Racialized Mass Violence in the Context of “Black Lives Matter,” at the National Council on Public History Conference, in Baltimore. Prior to the meeting, members of the Working Group contributed short posts on their projects… Continue reading Mapping a Riot: Harlem, 1935

A Review of Digital Harlem & My Response in the American Historical Review

The February 2016 issue of the American Historical Review includes an extended review of Digital Harlem — “Harlem Crime, Soapbox Speeches, and Beauty Parlors: Digital Historical Context and the Challenge of Preserving Source Integrity,” by Joshua Sternfeld, and my response, “Digital Mapping as a Research Tool: Digital Harlem: Everyday Life, 1915–1930.”  The AHR provides authors with a free-access link… Continue reading A Review of Digital Harlem & My Response in the American Historical Review

Open Access Articles on 1920s Harlem

For Open Access Week this year, I've finally found time to deposit copies of my articles in the institutional repository at George Mason University. Those copies are post-prints -- the final version I submitted to the journal, not the published version. They are available online, for download, free to everyone. Included are four articles on… Continue reading Open Access Articles on 1920s Harlem

Putting Women on the Map

On May 21, I am presenting a paper entitled “Putting Women on the Map: Gender and Everyday Life in 1920s Harlem” at the Women’s History in the Digital World Conference at Bryn Mawr College ABSTRACT This paper focuses on Digital Harlem, an award winning web-based geospatial digital history project on everyday life in the 1920s, to explore… Continue reading Putting Women on the Map

What was life like in 1920s Harlem?

On April 24, 2015, I’m presenting a paper entitled “What Was Life Like in 1920s Harlem?” at the Sawyer Seminar on The Ghetto: Concept, Conditions, and Connections in Transnational Historical Perspective, from the 11th Century to the Present, hosted by the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy, at Carnegie Mellon University. A chapter based on this presentation… Continue reading What was life like in 1920s Harlem?

Playing the Numbers & the History of Capitalism

The September 2014 issue of the Journal of American History features an interchange on the history of capitalism, which includes this shout-out to Playing the Numbers from Peter James Hudson, an assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles: One of the more intriguing books to emerge is Playing the Numbers (2010).… Continue reading Playing the Numbers & the History of Capitalism

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Roundtable at the Urban History Association Biennial Conference

I'll be discussing Digital Harlem as part of my contribution to this roundtable:Roundtable at the Urban History Association Biennial Conference, Philadelphia, October 10, 2014Chair and Moderator: LaDale Winling, Virginia TechParticipants:Colin Gordon, University of IowaSusan Lawrence, Ohio State UniversityStephen Robertson, George Mason University, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New MediaJ. Mark Souther, Cleveland State University,… Continue reading Roundtable at the Urban History Association Biennial Conference

Mapping New York @ Bard Graduate Center

On April 25, I’m talking about “Putting Harlem on the Map: Visualizing Everyday Life in a 1920s Neighborhood” as part of the Mapping New York Symposium being held at the Bard Graduate Center.  Description:New York has long fascinated image-makers in all genres of the visual and textual record. “Mapping New York” will be a symposium devoted to thinking… Continue reading Mapping New York @ Bard Graduate Center

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