Several weeks ago, Ms. Sarah Doenmez’s AP European History class took a trip to New York City. They spent two nights there; on the first day, they traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to look at, in particular, art between Impressionism and Cubism, visited the Morgan Library, and attended a screening of a film on Mary Shelley at the Tribeca Film Festival. They also enjoyed a ton of walking—they walked from 58th to 85th Street in Central Park—gloriously bright, colorful, and cool—that first day! The next day, they explored the United Nations and the 9/11 Memorial, by way of Wall Street and Federal Hall.
“The city itself and the places we visited were emblematic of what we’ve been studying in the late 19th century as the modern city took shape—parks, commuter trains, museums,” says Doenmez. “In relation to later the UN, for example, is one of those representations of transnational identity and the post-WWII order.”