World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Kenneth T. Jackson

Article Id: WHEBN0000603486
Reproduction Date:

Title: Kenneth T. Jackson  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: The Bronx, History of New York City, Books about New York City, History of St. Louis (1981–present), Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Kenneth T. Jackson

Kenneth Terry Jackson (born 1939) is a professor of history and social sciences at Columbia University. A frequent television guest, he is best known as an urban historian and a preeminent authority on New York City, where he lives on the Upper West Side.

Biography

Jackson was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1939. He earned his B.A. in 1961 from University of Memphis and his Ph.D. in 1966 at the University of Chicago. He served as an assistant professor for the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base from 1965 to 1968 and then joined the Columbia faculty as an assistant professor in 1968, earning his tenure by 1970.

Jackson's achievements as an author include The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930 (1967), Cities in American History (1972), Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States (1985), and The Encyclopedia of New York City (1995), for which he served as the primary editor. Crabgrass Frontier, a comprehensive study of the factors influencing suburban growth in the United States is the preeminent source on the history of American suburbanization. The Encyclopedia of New York City is a massive collection of entries and articles that encompass much of modern day New York and the city's history.

Jackson has earned numerous distinctions as a professor at Columbia University where he is the director of the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History and the Jacques Barzun Professor of History and Social Sciences. Jackson teaches a lecture class at the university on "The History of the City of New York." The course includes numerous field trips, including walking tours, bus trips and an annual all-night bike ride led by Jackson from Morningside Heights in Manhattan to the Promenade in Brooklyn. The all-night bike ride is in its 37th consecutive year, as of 2011, and has received coverage from media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal.

Jackson has also served as president of the Urban History Association, the New-York Historical Society.

Jackson was a prominent on camera presence in the 1999 film, New York: A Documentary Film, directed by Ric Burns for PBS.

Selected works

  • The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930 (1967)
  • Cities in American History (1972)
  • Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States (1985)
  • Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery (1990), with Camilo Vergara
  • The Encyclopedia of New York City (1995), (ed.)
  • Empire City (2002), (ed.), with David Dunbar (ed.)
  • Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York (2007), (ed.), with Hilary Ballon (ed.)

External links

  • Kenneth T. Jackson Faculty Bio
  • New York State Writers Institute: Kenneth T. Jackson
  • PBS: Interview with Kenneth T. Jackson
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.