This section of Foundations of Research Writing investigates the texture of life on Long Island from the nineteenth century to the present. The course begins with Old Westbury's role in the Underground Railroad. We then will revisit F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, designing digital, annotated maps of its chapters and considering the ways that the novel has inspired contemporary fiction, including Ali Smith's "The Universal Story" and Chang-Rae Lee's Aloft. In addition to tracing the routes characters traveled, we will consider the development of Long Island's parks and parkways in a graphic account of Robert Moses and Robert Caro's The Power Broker. We will analyze poetic responses Long Island has inspired, reading Anne Sexton's "Letter Written on a Ferry While Crossing Long Island Sound"and Frank O'Hara's "A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island." Students will research the changing suburban landscape from the Levittowners and The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit to the twenty-first century, investigating local resources, including the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.