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Black Citymakers How the Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America

ISBN-10: 0199948135
ISBN-13: 9780199948130
Edition: 2013
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Description: W.E.B. DuBois immortalized Philadelphia's Black Seventh Ward neighborhood, one of America's oldest urban black communities, in his 1899 sociological study The Philadelphia Negro. In the century after DuBois's study, however, the district has been  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/28/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

W.E.B. DuBois immortalized Philadelphia's Black Seventh Ward neighborhood, one of America's oldest urban black communities, in his 1899 sociological study The Philadelphia Negro. In the century after DuBois's study, however, the district has been transformed into a largely white upper middle class neighborhood.Black Citymakersrevisits the Black Seventh Ward, documenting a century of banking and tenement collapses, housing activism, black-led anti-urban renewal mobilization, and post-Civil Rights political change from the perspective of the Black Seventh Warders. Drawing on historical, political, and sociological research, Marcus Hunter argues that black Philadelphians were by no means mere casualties of the large scale social and political changes that altered urban dynamics across the nation after World War II. Instead, Hunter shows that black Americans framed their own understandings of urban social change, forging dynamic inter- and intra-racial alliances that allowed them to shape their own migration from the old Black Seventh Ward to emergent black urban enclaves throughout Philadelphia. These Philadelphians were not victims forced from their homes - they were citymakers and agents of urban change.Black Citymakersexplores a century of socioeconomic, cultural, and political history in the Black Seventh Ward, creating a new understanding of the political agency of black residents, leaders and activists in twentieth century urban change.

List of Tables, Illustrations, Figures, and Graphs
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
If These Row Homes Could Talk
A Tale of Two Banks
The Night the Roof Caved In
Philadelphia's "Mason-Dixon" Line
Philadelphia's Black Belt
Flash (Mobs) Forward
Methodological Appendix
Notes
Index

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