W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and the City: The Philadelphia Negro and its Legacy

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In 1896, W.E.B. DuBois began research that resulted three years later in the publication of his great classic of urban sociology and history, The Philadelphia Negro. Today, a group of the nation's leading historians and sociologists celebrate the centenary of his project through a reappraisal of his book. Motivated by DuBois's deeply humane vision of racial equality, they draw on ethnography, intellectual and social history, and statistical analysis to situate DuBois and his pioneering study in the intellectual ...
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In 1896, W.E.B. DuBois began research that resulted three years later in the publication of his great classic of urban sociology and history, The Philadelphia Negro. Today, a group of the nation's leading historians and sociologists celebrate the centenary of his project through a reappraisal of his book. Motivated by DuBois's deeply humane vision of racial equality, they draw on ethnography, intellectual and social history, and statistical analysis to situate DuBois and his pioneering study in the intellectual milieu of the late nineteenth century, consider his contributions to the subsequent social scientific and historical studies of the city, and assess the meaning of his work for today.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780812233629
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 304

Table of Contents

Preface
Note on the Editions
Introduction: The Context of The Philadelphia Negro 1
Pt. I DuBois and the Color Line 39
1 "The World Was Thinking Wrong About Race": The Philadelphia Negro and Nineteenth-Century Science 41
2 W.E.B. DuBois's Archaeology of Race: Re-Reading "The Conservation of Races" 61
3 Giant Steps: W.E.B. DuBois and the Historical Enterprise 77
Pt. II DuBois's Philadelphia 101
4 "Lifework" and Its Limits: The Problem of Labor in The Philadelphia Negro 103
5 "The 'Brotherly Love' for Which This City Is Proverbial Should Extend to All": The Everyday Lives of Working-Class Women in Philadelphia and Atlanta in the 1890s 127
Pt. III The Problem of the Twentieth Century 153
6 The "Philadelphia Negro" Then and Now: Implications for Empirical Research 155
7 Operation Street Corner: The Wharton Centre and the Juvenile Gang Problem in Philadelphia, 1945-1958 195
8 The Global Inner City: Toward a Historical Analysis 217
9 Drugs and Violence in the Inner City 259
Contributors 279
Index 281
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