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Best Books About Philadelphia

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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 Warmth of Other Suns
The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Isabel Wilkerson - 2011-10-04 (first published in 2010)
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In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, author Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson...
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In the Life
A Black Gay Anthology
Joseph Beam - 1986-11-01
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In black slang, the expression "in the life" often means "gay." In this anthology, black gay men describe their lives and their hopes through essays, short fiction, poetry, and artwork....
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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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Colored Amazons
Crime, Violence, and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love, 1880-1910
Kali N. Gross - 2006-06-22
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Colored Amazons is a groundbreaking historical analysis of the crimes, prosecution, and incarceration of black women in Philadelphia at the turn of the twentieth century. Kali N. Gross reconstructs black women’s crimes and their representations in popular press accounts and within the discourses of urban and penal reform. Most importantly, she cons...
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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...
Third and Indiana by Steve Lopez
Up South by Matthew J. Countryman
The Peoples of Philadelphia by Allen F. Davis
South Philadelphia by Murray Dubin
The Great Philadelphia Fan Book by Glen MacNow
P Is For Philadelphia by Susan Korman
Code of the Street by Elijah Anderson
The Nicest Kids in Town by Matthew F. Delmont
Bring Out Your Dead by J. H. Powell
Our Kind of People by Lawrence Otis Graham
Philly Dogs Have More Fun by Carol S. Armen