FALL 2017: The 1960s & The Footsteps of the Past
Historian Alison Isenberg and filmmaker Purcell Carson have been collaborating for the past two years to explore the 1960s in Trenton and the so-called "riots" of 1968.
That work led to the student films of Fall 2017. Thanks to the Princeton Histories Fund, The 250th Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, the Community-Based Learning Initiative and wonderful support on campus and in Trenton, our team has worked with students and interns in local archives and libraries, interviewed dozens of Trentonians and collected hundreds of documents. Telling the history of a city – even just telling what happened one night in one city and why – leads to countless stories, amazing people, interesting places—each worthy of being at the center of a film.
The students’ charge this semester was to sift through these stories, find one particular thread that captured their interest, pull on it, and see where it leads. The results are below. We invite you to watch, share, and send us your comments.
This project, like all of the work of The Trenton Project, could not happen without the generosity and stories of Trentonians. Please take a look at our full credits.