Liberal New York: How It Got That Way

December 4, 2007 | CUNY Lecture Series

Ethnicity–not race, as some historians have argued–drove the dynamically shifting political culture in the country and in New York City after World War II. That’s the argument put forward by Joshua M. Zeitz, professor of history at Cambridge University in his new book, “White Ethnic New York: Jews, Catholics and the Shaping of Postwar Politics.” In a lecture at the Graduate Center sponsored by the Gotham Center for the History of New York, Prof. Zeitz explains how the ideological conflicts among New York’s Irish Catholics, Italian Catholics and Jews, helped fuel the liberal political climate that shaped the postwar period in New York.
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