The History and Future of the New York Subways

October 26th, 2020

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Most of us have ridden the New York subways and some may even be missing those rides now. Learn about the fascinating history of New York City’s subway system–and history’s lessons about remaking its future and what the pandemic may mean for it and for New York City with Clifton Hood, author of 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York. 


This is a virtual event held in partnership with the Westport Library, please register here. 


Clifton Hood is George E. Paulsen ’49 Professor of American History and Government at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he teaches courses about the history of New York City, American urban history, ethnicity and immigration, American environmental history, and the late 19th and early 20th century U.S. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Washington University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. The author of 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York and of In Pursuit of Privilege: A History of New York City’s Upper Class and the Making of a Metropolis, he is currently working on a book about imposters in American history and another about Pittsburgh. Hood has published scholarly articles in publications like the Journal of Social History, the Journal of Urban History, and the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute; op-ed pieces in the New York Times, the New York Daily NewsNewsday, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; and has appeared in several American Experience as well as other historical documentaries.