About this Class

Welcome to the History of Boston (HIST 1232), a course for Northeastern University’s NUin students. In normal times, students admitted to NUin spend their freshman fall semester at a study abroad program and start at Northeastern’s Boston campus in the spring. Alas, we are not living in normal times. With all of the NUin sites except Dublin cancelled, Northeastern’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) and its Global Experiences Office (GEO) put together NUin Boston to give students who were supposed to be abroad with NUin an opportunity to participate in the kind of culturally immersive program that study abroad ordinarily offers, only in Boston. I was tasked with putting together a course on the history of Boston, and as a non-native Bostonian and a historian of mainly other things I was thrilled by the opportunity to learn with the students more about the fascinating and complex history of my adopted home.

This site is intended as a resource for students in the course and for members of the general public who want to learn along as we go or after the course is completed. We will all learn together by building a public history and digital humanities resource for learning about the history of Boston. The best way to know when I update the site and add new material is Twitter: follow @sjrabinov or search #NUBostonhistory.

Simon Rabinovitch