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The Peoples of Philadelphia: A History of Ethnic Groups and Lower-Class Life, 1790-1940 (Pennsylvania Paperbacks)

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A picture of Philadelphia radically different from the conventional portrait of a staid old city, corrupt and contented. The men and women of Philadelphia who emerge in these pages are anything but staid, and certainly not contented. 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 ethnic history, the authors draw on census schedules, court records, city directories, and tax records as well as newspaper files and other sources to give a picture of the ways in which these less-privileged groups of Philadelphians lived. What emerges is a picture of Philadelphia radically different from the conventional portrait of a staid old city. Just the kind of book that is needed. It should be stimulating to all historians interested in urban America.--Journal of American History Allen F. Davis has published many books, including The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society and Spearheads for Reform: The Social Settlements and the Progressive Movement, 1890-1914. Mark Haller is the author of Eugenics: Hereditarian Attitudes in American Thought. Both are professors of history at Temple University.

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Although much has been written about upper-class 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 and distinctive flavor. In The Peoples of Philadelphia, the authors draw on census schedules, court records, city directories, and tax records as well as newspaper files and other sources to give a picture of the ways in which these less privileged groups of Philadelphians lived. The resulting twelve studies tell a fascinating story that often contradicts the commonly held view of Philadelphia. What emerges is a picture of Philadelphia radically different from the conventional portrait of a staid old city, corrupt and contented. The men and women of Philadelphia who emerge in these pages are anything but staid, and certainly not contented.

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ISBN:
9780812216707
Editor:
Davis, Allen F.
Editor:
Haller, Mark H.
Editor:
Davis, Allen F.
Editor:
Haller, Mark H.
Editor:
Davis, Allen Freeman
Author:
Davis, Allen Freeman
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Location:
Philadelphia, Pa. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Philadelphia (pa.)
Subject:
Philadelphia
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.) Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.) Race relations.
Subject:
Americana-General
Edition Description:
Pennsylvania paperbacks ed.
Series:
Pennsylvania Paperbacks
Publication Date:
19981031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
8.44x5.53x.92 in. .90 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Although much has been written about upper-class 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 and distinctive flavor. In The Peoples of Philadelphia, the authors draw on census schedules, court records, city directories, and tax records as well as newspaper files and other sources to give a picture of the ways in which these less privileged groups of Philadelphians lived. The resulting twelve studies tell a fascinating story that often contradicts the commonly held view of Philadelphia. What emerges is a picture of Philadelphia radically different from the conventional portrait of a staid old city, corrupt and contented. The men and women of Philadelphia who emerge in these pages are anything but staid, and certainly not contented.
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