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ISBN-13: 978-0812215731 ISBN-10: 0812215737
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"A credit to American scholarship. . . . It is the sort of book of which we have too few, and of which it is impossible that one should have too many."—from the Yale Review, May 1900



"What made Du Bois's study remarkable in its day was its rejection of prevailing assumptions of inherent racial differences, thus bearing on issues much wider than those indicated by its title. It is also notable as a thoroughly modern piece of social research. The problems faced by Philadelphia's blacks, he argued, had nothing to do with their supposed racial proclivities, but derived from the way they had been treated in the past and their relegation in the present to the most menial and lowest-paying jobs."—Times Literary Supplement

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Elijah Anderson is Charles and William L. Day Professor of Social Science, and Professor of Sociology, at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812215737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812215731
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By FAYE L ALLARD on March 11, 2003
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Read this book! Not only was "The Philadelphia Negro" a groundbreaking piece of sociological research in its day (the late 19th century), the book also goes a long way to explain the historical roots of much of what we see today in Philadelphia and other cities in America. Organized simply and effectively into clear chapters, we learn how African Americans really lived in Philadelphia after emancipation; detailing family and household arrangements, employment, education, health and religion. Elijah Anderson's introduction is a fantastic bonus, helping to illuminate the book even more. Everyone living in Philadelphia should read this!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TodTutor on September 10, 2011
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This of course is a seminal study, but was extremely enlightening since we don't realize that a number of African Americans were free and living in urban settings with their own insular communities and organizations. Although it is filled with graphs and staid sociological comments it is an important lens on life among negroes 1840-1880's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By s.hux on March 6, 2014
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Informative,enlightening and powerful. A great Introduction by Elijah Anderson.
Full of substance. A great way to show the genius of W.E.B. DuBois.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 9, 2013
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I used this book in a seminar on design theory and was intrigued by Du Bois' use of quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze Negro Philadelphia at the turn of the last century. I will definitely turn to this book again in my teaching and research about cities.
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