By the mid-20th century, New York City was among the preeminent manufacturing centers in the United States, with nearly 1 million city residents employed in factories. Today, nearly all of those jobs are gone – so, what happened? Join our discussion with historian Andy Battle, who will explore the deindustrialization of New York City, with a special focus on the city’s best-known industry, clothing manufacture. Andy Battle is an historian, editor, and instructor in the Bard Sequence Program.
- WATCH Manufacturing in Crisis with Adam Friedman
- “City of Workers, City of Struggle,” The Gotham Center
- “Sewing in Kingston,” exhibit coming to the Reher Center
- Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics (2017) by Kim Phillips-Fein
- Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State (2019) by Samuel Stein
- Working-Class New York: Life and Labor Since World War II (2001) by Joshua Freeman