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A Movement Without MarchesAfrican American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia$
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Lisa Levenstein

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832721

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807889985_levenstein

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A Hospital of Their Own

A Hospital of Their Own

(p.157) Chapter Five A Hospital of Their Own
A Movement Without Marches

Lisa Levenstein

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the publicly provided health care at Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH), which was of critical importance to poor African American women, who needed a safe and respectful place to care for their own and their children's medical needs. This hospital was the most successful institution in the city in terms of the quality of the services it provided and the loyalty it commanded from a wide range of citizens. As increasing numbers of African American women sought and received subsidized treatment at PGH, critics charged that its policies encouraged “illegitimacy” and irresponsible state expenditures. Yet these same policies played a vital role in encouraging and enabling working-class African American women to choose PGH over all of the other hospitals in the city and turn it into a place they called their own.

Keywords:   African American women, public health, health care, Philadelphia General Hospital, health policies

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