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The Philadelphia Negro
A Social Study
W. E. B. du Bois - 2017-08-21 (first published in 1899)
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2017 Reprint of 1899 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition software. The Philadelphia Negro is a sociological study of African Americans in Philadelphia written by W. E. B. Du Bois. Commissioned by the University of Pennsylvania and published in 1899 with the intent of identifying social problems p...
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Dr. Mutter's Marvels
A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz - 2015-09-08 (first published in 2014)
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A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities   Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia, performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools—or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thom...
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A Movement Without Marches
African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture)
Lisa Levenstein - 2009-04-01
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Lisa Levenstein reframes highly charged debates over the origins of chronic African American poverty and the social policies and political struggles that led to the postwar urban crisis. A Movement Without Marches follows poor black women as they traveled from some of Philadelphia's most impoverished neighborhoods into its welfare offices, courtroo...
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The Constitutional Convention
A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison (Modern Library Classics)
James Madison - 2005-11-08
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In 1787, the American union was in disarray. The incompatible demands of the separate states threatened its existence; some states were even in danger of turning into the kind of tyranny they had so recently deposed. A truly national government was needed, one that could raise money, regulate commerce, and defend the states against foreign threats–...
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Let It Burn
MOVE, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Confrontation that Changed a City
Michael Boyette - 2013-09-24 (first published in 1989)
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"A balanced, well-written account which provides the best overall understanding of these events.—Library Journal "Compelling."—Publishers Weekly "A solid report from an unusual perspective."—Kirkus Reviews "A balanced view."—Booklist On a narrow street in a working-class neighborhood, the police are held at bay by a small band of armed radicals. Tw...
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The Buried Past
An Archaeological History of Philadelphia (New Cultural Studies)
John L. Cotter - 1992-12-29
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The Buried Past presents the most significant archaeological discoveries made in one of America's most historic cities. Based on more than thirty years of intensive archaeological investigations in the greater Philadelphia area, this study contains the first record of many nationally important sites linking archaeological evidence to historical doc...
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The Peoples of Philadelphia
A History of Ethnic Groups and Lower-Class Life, 1790-1940 (Pennsylvania Paperbacks)
Allen F. Davis - 1998-10-29 (first published in 1973)
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Although much has been written about elite Philadelphians, only in recent decades have historians paid attention to the Jews and working-class blacks, the immigrant Irish, Italians, and Poles who settled in the city and gave such sections as Moyamensing, Southwark, South Philadelphia, and Kensington their vitality. In this classic of social and eth...
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South Philadelphia
Mummers, Memories, and the Melrose Diner
Murray Dubin - 1996-06-03
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From mayors and mummers to tap dancers and gamblers, South Philly has it all. This quintessential Philadelphia neighborhood boasts a complicated history of ethnic strife alongside community solidarity and, for good measure, some of the best bakeries in town. Among its many famous people, South Philadelphia claims Marian Anderson, Frankie Avalon, Ma...
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The Great Philadelphia Fan Book
Glen MacNow - 2003-11-01
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Philadelphia sports fans have a reputation as the roughest, toughest, most vocal and unruly fans in sports. Philly fans booed Santa, cheered, as Michael Irvin lay motionless on the Vet's hard Astroturf. Sports radio personalities Glen Macnow and Anthony Gargano tell the story from the Philadelphia fan's perspective. In part a Philadelphia sports me...
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Bring Out Your Dead
The Great Plague of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia in 1793
J. H. Powell - 2016-07-03 (first published in 1949)
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2016 Reprint of 1949 Edition. Two parts in one volume. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. The first major American yellow fever epidemic hit Philadelphia in July 1793 and peaked during the first weeks of October. Philadelphia, then the nation's capital, was the most cosmopolitan city in the Uni...
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
In the Life by Joseph Beam
Colored Amazons by Kali N. Gross
Joy Ride! the Stars and Stories of Philly's Famous Uptown Theater by Kimberly C. Roberts
The Journey of John W. Mosley by Charles L. Blockson
Third and Indiana by Steve Lopez
Up South by Matthew J. Countryman
P Is For Philadelphia by Susan Korman
Code of the Street by Elijah Anderson
The Nicest Kids in Town by Matthew F. Delmont
Our Kind of People by Lawrence Otis Graham