The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study

The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study

by W. E. B. Du Bois
     
 

ISBN-10: 0527253200

ISBN-13: 9780527253202

Pub. Date: 09/28/1973

Publisher: Kraus International Publications

"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 DuBois'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

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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 DuBois'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

In 1897 a promising young sociologist, William Edward Burghardt DuBois (1868-1963), was given a temporary post as Assistant in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in order to conduct in-depth studies on the Negro community in Philadelphia. The product of those studies was the first great empirical book on the Negro in American society.

One hundred years after its original publication by the University of Pennsylvania Press, The Philadelphia Negro remains a classic work. It is the first, and perhaps still the finest, example of engaged sociological scholarship--the kind of work that, in contemplating social reality, helps to change it.

In his introduction of this centennial edition, Elijah Anderson traces DuBois's life before his move to Philadelphia. He then examines how the neighborhood studied by DuBois has changed over the years, and finally he compares the status of blacks today with their status when the book was initially published.

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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ISBN-13:
9780527253202
Publisher:
Kraus International Publications
Publication date:
09/28/1973
Pages:
520

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