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Philadelphia DividedRace and Politics in the City of Brotherly Love$
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James Wolfinger

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831496

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807878101_wolfinger

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Black Politics

Black Politics

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Philadelphia Divided

James Wolfinger

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the development of a more forceful black politics in Philadelphia during the late 1930s within the framework of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. It considers how the African Americans' more assertive politics brought them closer to the Democratic Party and looks at the creation of the Philadelphia Housing Authority to guide government housing programs. The chapter shows how New Deal-era housing revealed the possibilities and limits of liberalism for African Americans, and how the National Negro Congress energized Philadelphia's blacks. It also discusses the 1940 election that brought Philadelphia's New Deal-era politics to a close.

Keywords:   black politics, Philadelphia, Franklin D. Roosevelt, New Deal, African Americans, Democratic Party, housing, liberalism, National Negro Congress, 1940 election

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