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[New York]New York, A Documentary Film.

Directed by Ric Burns. 1999. 120 min. each installment.See also: Burns, Ric. New York : an illustrated history. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, c2003. (ENVI: F128.3 .N585 2003) Episode One, The Country and the City. Covers the rise of New York from its discovery in 1609 through the explosion of commercial growth sparked by the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825. The film examines the defining role the Dutch played in the development of the city's character, the impact of the British empire and the horrors of slavery, the establishment of the Stock Exchange, New York's fateful role in the American revolution and its brief tenure as the nation's capital. Episode Two, Order and Disorder. Chronicles the rise of New York commencing in 1825 from a merchant city to an industrial one. With the explosion of the immigrant population came social problems of every kind. By 1860, every tension in America could be felt on the streets of New York, now the most powerful and divided--city in the nation. Then the Civil War brought on civil disturbance in the form of the Draft Riots of 1863. Episode Three, Sunshine and Shadow. Covers New York City during the period after the Civil War-- "the Gilded Age." From 1865 through 1898, the city grows at a staggering rate--demographically, geographically and financially--and takes on enormous challenges such as the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, and sees the rise of Tammany Hall and Boss Tweed. By the end of the decade, New York has become home to the world's greatest concentration of wealth, and of poverty. Episode Four, The Power and the People. Covers the years from 1898 through 1918 showing how New York's industry drew in people from all over the world, and how these immigrants transformed the city physically, culturally and finally politically. Looks also at the construction of the subway system, Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal and the skyscrapers on Wall Street. The episode ends with the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and the reform legislation passed in its aftermath. Episode Five, Cosmopolis. Examines the roaring twenties in New York City as it becomes the cultural capital of the world with its hybrid cultural style that mixes high culture and low, black culture and white. This episode concludes with the skyscraper war, the rise & crash of the stock market and the construction of the Empire State Building. Episode Six, City of Tomorrow. Examines the dramatic and increasingly fateful events following the crash of 1929--as the greatest depression in American history plunged the city and nation into economic gloom. Two men came to the fore -- Fiorello La Guardia and Robert Moses, who attempted to create a bold new city of the future. Charting the demise of Mayor Jimmy Walker and the ascendancy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, this pivotal episode traces the fate of Harlem and the immense public works projects such as the Triborough Bridge and La Guardia Airport. Episode Seven, The City and the World. Examines the history of New York from the end of World War II to the present. Explores the complexities of the city and the physical, social and cultural change in the years following the war. The episode treats the great African American and Puerto Rican in-migrations; the beginnings of white flight and suburbanization and the massive physical changes wrought by highways and urban renewal. Episode Seven, The Center of the World. Looks at the rise and fall of the World Trade Center, whose epic fifty-year history sheds new light on every theme and issue in the city's long march to the center of the world. The episode comes to a climax with the harrowing events of September 11, 2001 and the extraordinary response of the city's people to the worst crisis in their history.