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Mike Wallace (born July 22, 1942) is an Americanhistorian. He specializes in the history of New York City, and in the history and practice of "public history". In 1998 he co-authored Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, which in 1999 won the Pulitzer Prize in History. In 2017, he published a successor volume, Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919. Wallace is a Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York), and at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Wallace went to Columbia College in 1960. On graduating in 1964 he stayed on at Columbia University for graduate studies. With historian Richard Hofstadter as his adviser, his dissertation examined the emergence of the two-party system. He worked as Hofstadter's research assistant, and in 1968 had his first article accepted by the American Historical Review.
In 1968 Wallace took part in the student strike at Columbia University. In 1969 he and Hofstadter wrote a documentary history of violence in the U.S.
In the early 1970s Wallace began working with other historians of his generation who were "broadening the scope of American history by adding the voices of those previously excluded, such as women, blacks and the working class." In 1973 Wallace helped launch, and for the next ten years directed, the Radical History Forum. He also participated in transforming the Radical Historians' Newsletter, started in 1973, into the Radical History Review, by 1975, and then served as its editorial coordinator.
During the 1980s, Wallace wrote essays about the ways history gets presented - or misrepresented - to the general public, outside of schools and universities. In 1996, these pieces were collected in a book called Mickey Mouse History and Other Essays on American Memory.
^Aaron Bady, "Carmen Boullosa's Texas: We Have Always Been at War with Mexico," Pacific Standard, October 1, 2015. Allen Lincoln, "They're Cows, We're Pigs, by Carmen Boullosa", Grove. New York Times, July 13, 1997.
^"Nancy Greenough to Marry Dec. 13," New York Times, October 26, 1969.