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By Marcus Anthony Hunter

W.E.B. DuBois immortalized Philadelphia's Black 7th Ward local, considered one of America's oldest city black groups, in his 1899 sociological examine The Philadelphia Negro. within the century after DuBois's examine, although, the district has been reworked right into a mostly white higher heart type neighborhood.

Black Citymakers revisits the Black 7th Ward, documenting a century of banking and tenement collapses, housing activism, black-led anti-urban renewal mobilization, and post-Civil Rights political switch from the viewpoint of the Black 7th Warders. Drawing on ancient, political, and sociological study, Marcus Hunter argues that black Philadelphians have been certainly not mere casualties of the big scale social and political alterations that altered city dynamics around the kingdom after global battle II. as a substitute, Hunter exhibits that black american citizens framed their very own understandings of city social swap, forging dynamic inter- and intra-racial alliances that allowed them to form their very own migration from the outdated Black 7th Ward to emergent black city enclaves all through Philadelphia. those Philadelphians weren't sufferers pressured from their houses - they have been citymakers and brokers of city change.

Black Citymakers explores a century of socioeconomic, cultural, and political heritage within the Black 7th Ward, making a new realizing of the political company of black citizens, leaders and activists in 20th century city change.

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