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The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  108 ratings  ·  9 reviews
It is my earnest desire to pursue this particular form of study far enough to constitute a fair basis of induction as to the present condition of the American Negro. If, for instance, Boston in the East, Chicago and perhaps Kansas City in the West, and Atlanta, New Orleans and Galveston in the Souths were studied in a similar way, we should have a trustworthy picture of Ne ...more
Paperback, 574 pages
Published March 22nd 2010 by Createspace (first published 1899)
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DuBois is unquestionably the father of modern Sociology, the more of this I read, the angrier I became that this is not universally recognized. This book is extraordinary. It doesn’t escape all of the faults of its time (this was published in 1899!), but the level of rigorous scholarship and its depth of insight floored me just a bit. What also floored me was how very little things have changed, and that was heartbreaking. But the key to why DuBois is not a larger figure in Sociology as a whole, ...more
In 1899 W.E.B. Dubois published this study of the Negro community in Philadelphia, which at that time was relatively small. In intricate detail he describes the lives of the black residents of the city. Written in precise and scientific language he describes the systemic and personal discrimination faced by these residents and their efforts to cope in spite of that. While he is understandably critical of the white power structure for the sorry condition of the black community, he does mince word ...more
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Really interesting to know that the more things change, the more they stay the same. It does normalize some of the African American patterns of today however (ie marriage at later ages, propensity for entrepreneurship/laborers/learned professions, etc.) Also interesting to see that we were never a "traditional" family per say...everyone worked! The concept of "stay at home mom" was rare then too!
An early criminalogical study of Philadelphia. I thought about this book today when the Philadelphia prison reached an all time high of 9275 inmates, and when the senator, Arlen Spector decided that he was going to interrogate all immigrants at intake as to their legal status, just as the inmates in the 1800s were interrgoated as to their freeman status.
May 20, 2009 crenee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Philadelphians, sociologists, African American studies
Incredible insights regarding the story of slavery, emancipation, and urban life for African Americans in early Philadelphia. First such sociological study in history. Also contains interesting biographical facts regarding W.E.B. DuBois, especially those associated with his employment with the University of Pennsylvania.
Early sociological work! Census stuff doesn't do it for me, but this guy's got such a cool name!
black urban life is beyond fascinating.
This is the beginnings of our modern urban ethnography tradtion particularly in exploring urban culture and its extrapolation.
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In 1868, W.E.B. Du Bois (né William Edward Burghardt Du Bois) was born in Massachusetts. He attended Fisk College in Nashville, then earned his BA in 1890 and his MS in 1891 from Harvard. Du Bois studied at the University of Berlin, then earned his doctorate in history from Harvard in 1894. He taught economics and history at Atlanta University from 1897-1910. The Souls of Black Folk (1903) made hi ...more
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