Philadelphia: Persons and Places

Mark N. Ozer

Who? When? Where? and Why? These are the questions to be answered when exploring Philadelphia. Once colonial America's premier city, it fell from its political prominence in 1800 following the move of the federal Seat of Government to the Potomac region. Its commercial hegemony fell behind that of upstart Baltimore while by the Civil War its financial hegemony and nearly all other aspects fell behind that of New York. Reborn as the industrial capital, it had its greatest day at the time of the 1876 American Centennial. The age of steam upon which it was based has now been replaced by that of information. It takes great pride in its history for craftsmanship and innovation as it strives for renewal in the future.

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“In this highly readable and well-illustrated account, Mark Ozer traces the evolution of one of America’s most storied cities. From its beginnings as William Penn’s “Holy Experiment”, through the struggle for American independence and the city’s golden age as the capital of a new nation, to the effects of industrialization and immigration onto its complex present, Mark Ozer provides a brisk and engaging story of Philadelphia. This volume is a welcome addition to tourist and denizen alike.” -- Vincent Fraley, Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1
  • The Quaker City 1682-1775
    • Introduction
    • 1.1 The Town Between the Rivers and William Penn
    • 1.2 Benjamin Franklin and the Rise of the Artisan Class
    • 1.3. John Dickinson and the American Revolution
    • 1.4. David Rittenhouse and American Science
  • Chapter 2
    • The Seat of Government and Revolution 1775-1800
    • Introduction
    • 2.1. Philadelphia and American Finance
    • 2.2. Benjamin Rush and American Medicine
    • 2.3. Charles Willson Peale and the American Museum
  • Chapter 3
    • The Industrial City 1800-1854
    • Introduction
    • 3.1 Stephen Girard and the Girard Bank
    • 3. 2 Benjamin Henry Latrobe and the Philadelphia Water Works
    • 3.3. Nicholas Biddle and the Second Bank of the United States (2BUS)
    • 3.4. Isaac Leeser and American Jewry
    • 3.5. Black Philadelphia and Bishop Richard Allen
  • Chapter 4
    • Greater Philadelphia 1854-1876
    • Introduction
    • 4.1. Philadelphia and the Civil War
    • 4.2. The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) and American Industry
    • 4.3. The Centennial Exposition and Thomas Eakins
  • Chapter 5
    • The Immigrant City 1876-1920
    • Introduction
    • 5.1. The City of Homes
    • 5.2 The New Jewish Immigration and the “Philadelphia Group”
    • 5.3. Philadelphia and Little Italy
    • 5.4. Philadelphia and the Catholic Church
    • 5.5. South Philadelphia and Marian Anderson
    • 5.6. The Reform Movement and George Woodward
  • Chapter 6
    • The Metropolitan City 1920-1960
    • Introduction
    • 6.1 The City of the Arts
    • 6.3. The Seventh Ward and the Housing Crisis
    • 6.4. Albert Greenfield and Center City
    • 6.5. Dennis Cardinal Dougherty and the “Golden Age” of Irish Philadelphia
    • 6.6. The Reform Movement and the Philadelphia Renaissance
  • Chapter 7
    • The De-Industrialized City 1960-2010
    • Introduction
    • 7.1. The Great Migration and School Desegregation
    • 7.2. Frank Rizzo and Law and Order
    • 7.3. The Black Hegemony and the Post-Industrial City
  • Works Consulted
  • List of Figures
  • Index
  • About The Author
Philadelphia: Persons and Places
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