Philly Black History Syllabus

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The Philly Black History Syllabus: 13 must-read books to understand our city, by Cassie Owens

Philly has made a lot of black history. Nearly 690,000 African Americans live in the city.

  • And so, with this large and longstanding community, there’s no shortage of institutions to honor and stars to remember during Black History Month.
    • So if you wanted to get a strong grasp of this history, what books should you read?

Read the original article with author Cassie Owens' description of each book

Links to buy the books:

  1. The Philadelphia Negro, W.E.B. DuBois
  2. Colored Amazons: Crime, Violence and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love, 1880-1910, Kali N. Gross
  3. Saved and Sanctified: Saved and Sanctified: The Rise of a Storefront Church in Great Migration Philadelphia, Deidre Helen Crumbley
  4. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson
  5. The Journey of John W. Mosley, Charles L. Blockson
  6. Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class, Lawrence Otis Graham
  7. A Movement Without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia, Lisa Levenstein
  8. Philadelphia Divided: Race and Politics in the City of Brotherly Love, James Wolfinger
  9. Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia, Matthew J. Countryman
  10. The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia, Matthew F. Delmont
  11. Joy Ride! The Stars and Stories of Philly’s Famous Uptown Theater, Kimberly C. Roberts
  12. In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology, ed. Joseph Beam
  13. Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City, Elijah Anderson

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