Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward

Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward


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Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward by Harry Kyriakodis

Since the time of William Penn, the Philadelphia neighborhood of Northern Liberties has had a tradition of hard work and innovation. This former Leni-Lenape territory became one of the industrial River Wards of North Philadelphia after being annexed by the city in 1854. The district's mills and factories were powered not just by the Delaware River and its tributaries but also by immigrants from across Europe and the city's largest community of free African Americans. The Liberties' diverse narrative, however, was marred by political and social problems, such as the anti-Irish Nativist Riots of 1844. Local historian Harry Kyriakodis traces over three hundred years of the district's evolution, from its rise as a premier manufacturing precinct to the destruction of much of the original cityscape in the 1960s and its subsequent rebirth as an eclectic and vibrant urban neighborhood. In this first history of Northern Liberties, Kyriakodis unearths the story of this remarkable riverside community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609496821
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Harry Kyriakodis researches and writes about the history of Philadelphia. He is a founding and certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides and gives walking tours and presentations on unique yet unappreciated parts of the city for various groups. He is also the author of Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront.

Table of Contents

Foreword Matt Ruben 7

Acknowledgements 11

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 What Are the Northern Liberties? 17

Chapter 2 Layout of the Land: The North End of Philadelphia 22

Chapter 3 Streets and Ways in the Liberties 31

Chapter 4 Setting Up Shop to Sell Sundries on Second Street 40

Chapter 5 Debauchery, Decadence and Drinking 44

Chapter 6 Religious Life: African Methodist, Jewish and Quaker 50

Chapter 7 Significant Structures, Sites and Societies 57

Chapter 8 Water and Gas for the People 66

Chapter 9 Manufacturing and Industry: Inventions and Innovations 69

Chapter 10 Religious Life: Presbyterian, Lutheran and Baptist 80

Chapter 11 Firefighting and Volunteer Fire Companies 87

Chapter 12 Politics and Problems in the 1830s, 1840s and 1850s 93

Chapter 13 Manufacturing and Industry: Tanning Hides 98

Chapter 14 Religious Life: The Saint and the Sinner of NoLibs 102

Chapter 15 Banks, Schools and Hospitals for the People 108

Chapter 16 Trains and Transit through Northern Liberties 117

Chapter 17 Manufacturing and Industry: Brewing Beer 121

Chapter 18 Religious Life: The Eastern European and Russian Influx 130

Chapter 19 Places of Amusement for the People 137

Chapter 20 The Misfortune of the Marshall Street Market/Mall Makeover 145

Chapter 21 Skid Row and the Callowhill East Redevelopment Project 148

Chapter 22 Urban Revitalization and Housing Innovations 154

Chapter 23 Re-Greening and Renewal: Liberty Lands and Other Parks 162

Chapter 24 Chic Commercial Activity: The Shops at Schmidt's, the Piazza and More 169

Epilogue 177

Further Reading 179

Index 183

About the Author 191

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