Loading presentation...

Present Remotely

Send the link below via email or IM


Present to your audience

Start remote presentation

  • Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
  • People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
  • This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
  • A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
  • Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article

Do you really want to delete this prezi?

Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.


HIST 600 Presentation

Description of Final Paper

Nicole Bollinger

on 28 April 2010

Comments (0)

Please log in to add your comment.

Report abuse

Transcript of HIST 600 Presentation

Introduction ARGUMENT Primary Sources Significance Future Research Why Pittsburgh? Late 1970s... Pittsburgh school boards initializes plan of action to desegregate Late 1970s and early 1980s... Pittsburgh celebrates and advertises itself as revitalized: environmentally clean and economically sound Major Research Question: Do these events, which occurred during the same brief period of time in Pittsburgh, correlate to one another? And if so, how? Purpose: To investigate Pittsburgh social history during the post-World War II era
To explore Pittsburgh's transition to a de-industrial, then post-industrial, city
To determine the impacts of the above mentioned transition on existing racial tensions in the city
To reveal how these impacts influenced the conflict between the Pittsburgh school board and African Americans and their supporters
To evaluate the aftermath of the desegregation policy on the decision to promote a transformed image of Pittsburgh in the early to mid-1980s But still... Why Pittsburgh? Represents Northern industrial cities
Not ordinarily researched within the context of race relations
PA as an untapped resource to analyze Northern image-making AND racial discrimination By analyzing articles from the Pittsburgh Courier,
the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and other national
newspapers, the portrait of Pittsburgh's racial conflict
over desegregation reflects the national, state, and local
trend of the difficulties associated with the new policies.
Pittsburgh Courier
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
New York Times

ACCD Collection (WPHS)

Interpretive Issues LACK OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Pittsburgh Courier only source
for voice of African Americans AND fails to provide researched information
focuses on op-ed pieces
no authors' names included
WHY? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fails to prove more information detailing the conflict's racial undercurrents
focuses more on the problem of desegregation itself (not the people invovled) Little information on Northern desegregation policies historians and archivists tend to
focus on the importance of Southern
race relations
little help from archivists in Western PA
archives and historical societies By understanding Pittsburgh as a case study, historians
can gain a better awareness of how Northern cities faced
racism, as well as earn an understanding of how the image of
a specified place does not necessarily square up with the actual reality
of the place. ACCD Collection
Penn's Southwest Assoc.
"Dynamic Pittsburgh" campaign
--White businessman's take
--No minorities
--"Celebrates" diversity
but has none working
for the campaign
or in the broader
Conference Other Scholarship Historical Memory Alison Isenberg, Downtown America

Stephanie Yuhl, A Golden Haze of Memory

W. Fitzhugh Brundage

Michael Sorkin, Variations on a Theme Park
--Christine M. Boyer Problem:
None of these authors
discuss the Northern industrial
city as an agent of building racial
historical memory Pittsburgh Roy Lubove, Twentieth Century Pittsburgh, Volumes 1 & 2

Kevin Robins, "Prisoners of the City"

John Brewer, African Americans in Pittsburgh

(Background) Thomas Sugrue, Crabgrass Frontier Problem:
These authors do not discuss important
facets of historical memory. So, What can I do? Contribute to existing literature by examining a lost niche:
historical memory in Pittsburgh as a means of re-defining
the romanticized image of the city into the image of reality
during the late 1970s and early 1980s. I'm only one person... More people take an interest in improving the historical record
utilize sources detailing African American, Jewish, Polish, Latino,
and other minority groups in Northern cities, starting with Pittsburgh
gauge a larger study of Northern post-industrial cities--how do they portray
themselves? What were their tactics of image-making? How did residents of these
cities or metropolises react to the new images of post- or deindustrialization?
Were minorities marginalized within the historical discussions of this transition? Also...
Comparative between how Northern, Southern, and Western cities
make images around racial or hot-button conflicts Nicole Bollinger Making an Image Away from the Fringe:
Pittsburgh, the ACCD, and Desegregation
in 1980 Any Questions...
Full transcript