*History 14H. The History of Boston Through Its Built and Natural Environments

This class challenges students to examine the city around them and connect its social and economic history with its shoreline, glacial hills, city parks, and segregated neighborhoods. Our subject of study will be the city of Boston as well as the inhabitants and builders of the city’s historical landscapes. We will see how the city’s natural and built environments shaped its history, and how Bostonians of all walks of life made and remade the city—sometimes together, sometimes fighting bitterly. Assignments include a field journal, short essays, and a group wiki entry. There are two field trips, one a “toxic tour” of Dorchester.

Note: Likely to be offered in Spring 2021.


Zachary Nowak



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