The organizing principles of neighborhood groups like the West Mount Airy Neighbors Association (WMAN) were fundamentally liberal and emphasized democracy, equality, and justice; the social, cultural, and economic values of these groups were also decidedly grounded in middle-class ideals and white-collar professionalism. As Perkiss shows, this liberal, middle-class framework would ultimately become contested by more militant black activists and from within WMAN itself, as community leaders worked to adapt and respond to the changing racial landscape of the 1960s and 1970s. The West Mount Airy case stands apart from other experiments in integration because of the intentional, organized, and long-term commitment on the part of WMAN to biracial integration and, in time, multiracial and multiethnic diversity. The efforts of residents in the 1950s and 1960s helped to define the neighborhood as it exists today.
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About the Author
Table of ContentsIntroduction: Civil Rights' Stepchild
1. "A Home of One’s Own": The Battle over Residential Space in Twentieth-Century America
2. Finding Capital in Diversity: The Creation of Racially Integrated Space
3. Marketing Integration: Interracial Living in the White Imagination
4. Integration, Separation, and the Fight for Black Identity
5. "Well-Trained Citizens and Good Neighbors": Educating an Integrated America6. Confrontations in Black and White: The Crisis of Integration
7. The Choice to Live Differently: Reimagining Integration at Century’s End
Epilogue: West Mount Airy and the Legacy of Integration
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"In Making Good Neighbors, Abigail Perkiss describes the creation of an interracial urban neighborhood during the civil rights, racial power, and post–civil rights eras. The basic history of West Mount Airy is known to many people across the United States and particularly in the Philadelphia region. What most people do not know, and what Perkiss presents here in rich detail, are the nuances and knotty complications that characterized the inception and development of an intentionally integrated neighborhood. In clear and often forceful prose, she offers a highly readable study of an important neighborhood in an important city."
"Abigail Perkiss's writing is fluid and engaging, and Making Good Neighbors is gripping. Perkiss uses research in archives and the secondary literature to strong effect and has written a book that will be of interest in African American and urban history."