Category: Post-Civil War New York

The Failure of Mathew Brady’s Cartes-de-Visite at the Civil War’s Close

Thesis Paragraph: Considered by most to be the true photographer of the Civil War at a time in which New York City was becoming the world’s leader in photography, Mathew Brady produced thousands of cartes-de-visite that predominantly portrayed soldiers of the war. In this essay, I assess the role of cartes-de-visite as a subcategory of Civil War photography and how…

Tracking Brokerages in Post Civil War New York

5-24-16 For many years, the city of New York has been the center of financial endeavors in the United States. Wall Street and the financial district has revolutionized trade and holds much power when it comes to world stock exchange. From its humble beginnings of merely being the street along which the wall of New Amsterdam ran, to the present…

Correlation Between the Amount of Public Infrastructure and Percentage of Immigrants in New York City’s Five Boroughs

(1870-1910) Although the United States of America has, in its short history been the destination for immigrants, those that choose to turn their lives upside down to make the change often live in economically underprivileged communities. Within cities on as large a scale as New York City, this situation is magnified. These underprivileged communities often correlate with underspending in the…

Harper’s Weekly and the Perceived Rise of the New York Elite

1881-1897 New York City in the late 19th century was effectively comprised of just two social classes: the rich and the poor. The distinction between these two classes was so loudly pronounced on the streets of New York City that there was little room for the middle class. Harper’s Weekly, a New York based periodical with nationwide popularity in the…

Theatre in Post-Civil War NYC

Post Civil War (roughly 1850-1890) Historians often focus on the economics of Post-Civil War New York City.  While it was a time of economic growth, there was also social growth occurring.   New York City experienced an influx of musicians, artists, and countless other types of performers.   With this influx of new performers came new spaces, new ways of performing, as…

The Development of the Elevated Railroad in New York City

1870-1900 The railroad system in New York City saw a fantastic boom in the era after the Civil War. At the same time, other parts of the city were also seeing enormous growth and change. The introduction of the railroad to the city allowed for more movement and freedom to travel farther distances without walking. For this project I am…