W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and the City: "The Philadelphia Negro" and Its Legacy / Edition 1

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Overview

In 1896 W. E. B. Du Bois 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 Du Bois's deeply humane vision of racial equality, the contributors draw on ethnography, intellectual and social history, and statistical analysis to situate Du Bois 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 contemporary meaning of his work. Together these essays show that The Philadelphia Negro remains as vital and relevant a book at the end of the twentieth century as it was at the start.

Contributors include Elijah Anderson, Mia Bay, V. P. Franklin, Robert Gregg, Thomas C. Holt, Tera W. Hunter, Jacqueline Jones, Antonio McDaniel, and Carl Husemoller Nightingale.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A splendid collection of essays."—Times Literary Supplement

"This book not only reassesses the role of W. E. B. Du Bois as a public intellectual but reappraises the impact of his seminal study on interpretations of the twentieth-century African-American experience…It offers an interdisciplinary critique that will shape scholarship in the twenty-first century."—Joe W. Trotter, Carnegie Mellon University

"There is unanimity among these historians and sociologists in ascribing seminal importance to The Philadelphia Negro."—David Levering Lewis, Journal of American History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812215939
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,016,269
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael B. Katz is Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Improving Poor People: The Welfare State, the "Underclass," and Urban Schools as History, among other books. Thomas J. Sugrue is Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit.
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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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