Author Archives: Peter Catapano

About Peter Catapano

I am an associate professor of history at New York City College of Technology. My research interest are in US Cultural History, Immigration History, and Critical Theory. My time/place field is the US during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Television Ownership Drops in U.S., Nielsen Reports – NYTimes.com

Television ownership is still historically higher than in the 1950s, but it dropped for the first time in history.  In 1946, there were only 17,000 TVs in the US.  By 1949, the number of TVs purchased each month was 250,000.  … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman on the attempt to silence Willian Cronon

New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman, entered into the controversy surrounding the President of the American Historical Association and University of Wisconsin history professor, William Cronon.  Cronon wrote an article in the Times critical of the Wisconsin Governor Walker and … Continue reading

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Many U.S. Blacks Moving to South, Reversing Trend

Approximately one hundred years after the Great Migration, demographers are seeing a reversal of the movement of African-Americans from the South to the North.   Among the factors are greater racial tolerance and economic opportunity in the South, as well as … Continue reading

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Attacks against the “New Women” of India

As discussed in lecture, the process of economic modernization provokes unintended challenges to traditional cultural and social attitudes.  Here’s a report in the New York Times regarding the clash between cultural values of a traditional and modern society by examining … Continue reading

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