Social Movements, Communities, and Campaigns in Pittsburgh

Editor’s note: In anticipation of the Urban History Association’s 2023 conference being held in Pittsburgh from October 26 – October 29, The Metropole is making the Steel City its Metropolis of the Month for January 2023. The CFP remains open until February 20, 2023. See here for details. By Suzanne Staggenborg Social movements, such as […]

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Life in the ’Burgh: A Steel City Bibliography of Pittsburgh

Editor’s note: In anticipation of the Urban History Association’s 2023 conference being held in Pittsburgh from October 26 – October 29, The Metropole is making the Steel City its Metropolis of the Month for January 2023. The CFP remains open until February 20, 2023. See here for details. By Drew Simpson and Dan Holland When […]

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Best of 2022: Books

Even though The Metropole traffics heavily in the written word—we value books more than anyone—it can be hard to fit all the year’s titles in annually. When putting books on my wish lists, I almost always end up using “Best ofs” from two to three years ago. With that in mind, our editors have a […]

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Best of 2022: Film and Television

It’s that time of year again folks. While we realize you might not lean on The Metropole for its pop culture sensibilities, if the explosion in streaming has made one thing clear, choice is great, but sometimes choice feels overwhelming. A tip here, a tip there, can uncover a hidden gem lost among the digital […]

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The Tyranny of the Map: Rethinking Redlining 

By Robert Gioielli Teaching the history of racism in America can be a difficult thing. Not because students deny it, but because it is something that is so ubiquitous, so all encompassing, that many (particularly white) students let the idea roll over and past them. They know racism existed in the past and people did […]

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Announcing the Winner of the Sixth Annual UHA/The Metropole Grad Student Blogging Contest

Believing that blogging is an excellent way to teach beyond the classroom, market scholarship, and promote the enduring value of the humanities, The Metropole established the Graduate Student Blogging Contest in 2017. This year, the theme of the contest was “The Senses,” which asked contributors to tell a story about any time, topic, person, or place […]

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The Second Story: Looking Up to Henry Binford

By Amanda I. Seligman Henry Binford’s most legendary urban tours are ones that he led on Chicago’s elevated trains, but he knows his way around the city by car too. Once while driving with a small group during my time in graduate school, Henry found his planned route blocked. Undeterred, he drove over a block […]

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Living in White Spaces: Suburbia’s Hidden Histories

By David S. Rotenstein In 2009 I learned about one African American woman who briefly lived in Silver Spring, Maryland, a Washington, DC, suburb. She worked for a white physician’s family. Lucille Walker’s story as a Black domestic worker survives in bits and pieces in the memory of the physician’s daughter, Ann Scandiffio. In 1939 […]

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