Before the Consolidation Act of 1854 more than tripled the former capital's population, Northeast Philadelphia was a scattered group of pastoral communities just beyond the city limits. Holmesburg, Somerton and other small villages initially struggled but ultimately triumphed in their transition from rural townships to a bustling urban center. Dr. Harry C. Silcox has collaborated with Frank W. Hollingsworth to chart this fascinating evolution, from the demise of the family farm to neighbors uniting on the homefront during World War II. With such lively characters as Mary Disston, the founding mother of Tacony, and tales of the local effort for suffrage, Silcox and Hollingsworth create a brilliant and affectionate portrait of Northeast Philadelphia.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Dr. Harry C. Silcox is a long time board member of the Historical Society of Frankford and a retired Philadelphia area principal. In addition to writing a regular history column for the The Northeast Times, he is the author of six previous books including A Place to Live and Work: The Henry Disston Saw Works and The Tacony Community of Philadelphia, published by Penn State Press in 1994.