The Private City: Philadelphia in Three Periods of Its Growth

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987 - History - 256 pages

This award-winning book charts the unfolding, from the Revolutionary War to the Great Depression, of the American tradition of city building and city living, using Philadelphia as a resonant example.


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I purchased this book for a Grad-level history course. I have to say that this book is dramatically out of date. For instance (p. xii) "... Today the housekeeping and child raising falls to Women in Philadelphia's families." Well, they probably did IN 1969!!! This book is missing the entire last half century. To say this provides an understanding of the development of Philly is a joke. No idea why this is so often lauded.  


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