The community of Syracuse, New York was featured in C-SPAN’s Cities Tour the weekend of November 21-22. C-SPAN Cities Tour staff visited numerous locations in the area to explore the unique history and literary culture of Syracuse, New York.
Individual segments aired throughout the weekend on C-SPAN2’s Book TV and C-SPAN3’s American History TV. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s segment kicked off Syracuse Weekend on Friday, November 20, airing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.
Among those profiled in the series, the team visited the Special Collections Research Center in Syracuse University Libraries, where Curator William LaMoy highlighted the Gerrit Smith Collection and the anti-slavery movement in Syracuse in mid-1800’s. The team also profiled a number of historic sites in the area, including the home of Matilda Joslyn Gage, Harriet Tubman House, the Jerry Rescue Monument, the Erie Canal Museum, and the Salt Museum.
Also featured were SU Press author Marsha Weissman, who discussed her book Prelude to Prison and the link between school suspension and incarceration in the United States. SU History professor Carol Faulkner, author of Lucretia Mott’s Heresy, revealed the motivations of one of the most controversial women in nineteenth-century America. Tadodaho of the Onondaga Indian Nation, Chief Sidney Hill talked about the history of Haudenosaunee Confederacy of Iroquois nations from its beginnings to today.
For more information, visit www.c-span.org/citiestour, where a special “Syracuse” city web page is available to view the programming. All video segments will be available indefinitely on the C-SPAN Video Library site at www.c-span.org.