A Brief History
Publication: Jul 17
Publication: Jul 17
6 x 9
3 tables, 30 halftones, 6 maps
A concise and readable overview of the history of Philadelphia from its founding to the early twenty-first centuryRead an excerpt from the Introduction (pdf).
Understanding Philadelphia’s history requires that we understand that nothing is inevitable; history is not made by abstract forces, but by the decisions of real individuals as they conduct their lives. With its insightful analysis and engaging prose , Philadelphia provides an accessible and readable overview of the history of the Quaker City from its founding by William Penn to the deindustrialization and gentrification of the early twenty-first century. Roger Simon asserts that the history of Philadelphia is a story of the efforts to sustain economic prosperity while fulfilling community needs, and the continued tension between those priorities.
Philadelphia devotes considerable attention to the evolving physical development of the city and to the social conditions and class structure of the people. Three dozen maps and illustrations enrich this edition, which has been fully updated and revised to reflect new scholarship on Philadelphia’s role in the post-industrial present and the diverse communities that incorporated women and minorities into the economic and social fabric of the city.
Published in association with the Pennsylvania Historical Association
Table of Contents
Editors’ Foreword, by Allen Dieterich-Ward and Beverly C. Tomek
1. Establishing a Community/Building an Economy: Beginnings to 1800
2. Community Good/Manufacturing City: 1800–1865
3. Industry Triumphant/Civic Failure: 1865–1930
4. Economic Decline/Community Turmoil: 1930–1980
5. Struggling toward the Postindustrial City: 1980–2016
About the Author(s)
In the Series
Pennsylvania History edited by Beverly C. Tomek and Allen Dieterich-Ward
The Pennsylvania History series, designed to make high-quality scholarship accessible for students, advances the mission of the Pennsylvania Historical Association by engaging with key social, political, and cultural issues in the history of the state and region.