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Philadelphia Divided: Race and Politics in the City of Brotherly Love

James Wolfinger


In a detailed study of life and politics in Philadelphia between the 1930s and the 1950s, this book demonstrates how racial tensions in working-class neighborhoods and job sites shaped the contours of mid-twentieth-century liberal and conservative politics. As racial divisions fractured the working class, it argues, Republican leaders exploited these racial fissures to reposition their party as the champion of ordinary white citizens besieged by black demands and overwhelmed by liberal government orders. By analyzing Philadelphia's workplaces and neighborhoods, the book shows the ways in which ... More

Keywords: conservative politics, racial divisions, working class, Republican Party, Philadelphia, jobs, New Deal, suburbs, liberalism, conservatism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780807831496
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807878101_wolfinger


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Wolfinger, author