Black Citymakers: How The Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America by Marcus Anthony HunterBlack Citymakers: How The Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America by Marcus Anthony Hunter

Black Citymakers: How The Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America

byMarcus Anthony Hunter

Paperback | April 15, 2015

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W.E.B. DuBois immortalized Philadelphia's Black Seventh Ward neighborhood, one of America's oldest urban black communities, in his 1899 sociological study The Philadelphia Negro. In the century after DuBois's study, however, the district has been transformed into a largely white upper middleclass neighborhood.Black Citymakers revisits the Black Seventh Ward, documenting a century of banking and tenement collapses, housing activism, black-led anti-urban renewal mobilization, and post-Civil Rights political change from the perspective of the Black Seventh Warders. Drawing on historical, political, andsociological research, Marcus Hunter argues that black Philadelphians were by no means mere casualties of the large scale social and political changes that altered urban dynamics across the nation after World War II. Instead, Hunter shows that black Americans framed their own understandings of urbansocial change, forging dynamic inter- and intra-racial alliances that allowed them to shape their own migration from the old Black Seventh Ward to emergent black urban enclaves throughout Philadelphia. These Philadelphians were not victims forced from their homes - they were citymakers and agents ofurban change.Black Citymakers explores a century of socioeconomic, cultural, and political history in the Black Seventh Ward, creating a new understanding of the political agency of black residents, leaders and activists in twentieth century urban change.
Marcus Anthony Hunter is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Title:Black Citymakers: How The Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 8.9 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:April 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AbbreviationsList of Tables and figuresAcknowledgements1. If These Row Homes Could Talk: W.E.B. DuBois, the Philadelphia Negro, and Political Agency2. A Tale of Two Banks: Economic Collapse and Neighborhood Change3. The Night the Roof Caved In: Tragedy in the Black Seventh Ward and the Rise of Racialized Public Housing4. Philadelphia's Mason-Dixon Line: Urban Renewal and the Crosstown Expressway Battle5. Philadelphia's Black Belt: Post-Civil Rights Philadelphia, Black Politics, and Urban Change6. Flash (Mobs) Forward: Black Citymakers and Urban ChangeMethodological AppendixNotes

Editorial Reviews

"Hunter performs the kind of delicate theoretical acrobatics that make this book a significant contribution to the sociological literature on the causes, consequences, and, most important, responses to social inequality. Scholars and students interested in historical, political, and urbansociology as well as race, inequality, and social movements should read this book." --American Journal of Sociology