VAST 234

Technology and the City: Chicago and New York

Instructor: Donald Miller

Office: 302 Ramer History House

Office Phone: 330-5169

Email: millerd@lafayette.edu


Course Description: This course examines the role that industrial technology played in the rise of the two great American cities--Chicago and New York. It centers on Chicago and uses New York further to illuminate technology's influence on the city building process and the role that cities played in making America a technological wonder and the greatest industrial power on earth by 1900. The course will be taught from an interdisciplinary perspective and with the aim of relating history to our own day and to our own lives.