Pennsylvania History

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.

The Health of the Commonwealth

A Brief History of Medicine, Public Health, and Disease in Pennsylvania

James E. Higgins

Showcasing Pennsylvania’s unique contribution to the history of public health and medicine

138 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 halftones



A Brief History

Roger D. Simon

A concise and readable overview of the history of Philadelphia from its founding to the early twenty-first century

168 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 tables, 30 halftones, 6 maps


The Scots Irish of Early Pennsylvania

A Varied People

Judith Ridner

A comprehensive yet concise early history of the Scots Irish in Pennsylvania

140 pages | 6 x 9 | 22 halftones, 3 maps


Slavery and Abolition in Pennsylvania

Beverly C. Tomek

Highlighting the complexities of emancipation and the “First Reconstruction” in the antebellum North

144 pages | 6 x 9 | 14 figures