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Alexander D. Manevitz
Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies
Phone: (860) 297 2484 Office Location: Seabury Hall T-405
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Trinity College faculty member since 2016
General ProfileTeachingResearchHonors/Awards
Ph.D., New York Univ. (2016)
B.A., Trinity College (2009)

Alexander Manevitz is a historian of race, urban space, and capitalism in the nineteenth-century United States. He received his Ph.D in History from New York University, with additional support from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

His current book manuscript, The Rise and Fall of Seneca Village: Remaking Race and Space in Nineteenth-Century New York City, intervenes in these fields through a study of Seneca Village, the largest African American community in New York City until it was destroyed in order to build Central Park in the late antebellum period. Piecing together forgotten traces of the neighborhood and highlighting the voices of marginalized New Yorkers, he analyzes the creation and destruction of a free black community that grappled with racial discrimination and internal class tensions to establish an experimental model of black freedom. His analysis of Seneca Village illuminates the intricate, and often overlooked, daily workings of activism and urban capitalism at a pivotal moment in the creation of modern American cities.