The New York series identifies the themes that shaped New York’s history: commerce and capitalism, diversity and democracy, transformation and creativity. Founded by the Dutch and then British New York, it came to define urban life in America.
A massive wave of German and Irish immigration turned the New York into one of the world’s most complex urban environments. Episode Two reveals how the city’s artists, innovators and leaders grappled with the city’s growing conflicts.
In this clip from American Creed, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon shares his story about growing up in the small town of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, and his efforts to strengthen the community there today.
This episode examines the careers of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and master builder Robert Moses, and the public works that transformed the city in the 1930s. It also explores Harlem during the Depression and the complex impact of the automobile.
Episode seven examines the great African American migration and Puerto Rican immigration of the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s; the beginnings of white flight and suburbanization; and the massive physical changes wrought by highways and urban renewal.