The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1899 - History - 520 pages
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In 1897 a young sociologist who was already marked as a scholar of the highest promise submitted to the American Association of Political and Social Sciences a "plan for the study of the Negro problem". The product of that plan was the first great empirical book on the Negro in American society. William Edward Burghardt DuBois (1868-1963), Ph.D. from Harvard (class of 1890), was given a temporary post as Assistant in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in order to conduct in-depth studies on the Negro community in Philadelphia. The provost of the university was interested and sympathetic, but DuBois knew early on that white interest and sympathy were far from enough. He knew that scholarship was itself a great weapon in the Negro's struggle for a decent life. The Philadelphia Negro was originally published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 1899. One of the first works to combine the use of urban ethnography, social history, and descriptive statistics, it has become a classic work in the social science literature. Both the issues the book raises and the evolution of DuBois's own thinking about the problems of black integration into American society sound strikingly contemporary. Among the intriguing aspects of The Philadelphia Negro are what it says about the author, about race in urban America and about social science at the time, but even more important is the fact that many of DuBois's observations can be made - in fact are being made - by investigators today. In his introduction to this edition, Elijah Anderson traces DuBois's life before his move to Philadelphia. He then examines how the neighborhood studied by DuBois has changed over the years, and he compares thestatus of blacks today with their status when the book was initially published.
 

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User Review  - Jamall - Goodreads

One of the most fascinating books I've ever read. His range and depth and acute sense of studying while living with the people is mesmerizing. You don't always have to land where he lands. He's quite ... Read full review

Review: The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study

User Review  - Drick - Goodreads

In 1899 WEB 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 ... Read full review

Contents

THE PHILADELPHIA NEGRO
1
The Negro in Philadelphia 16381820 1024
10
The Negro in Philadelphia 18201896 2545
25
n The guild of the caterers 18401870
37
The Size Age and Sex of the Negro
46
The Seventh Ward 1896
58
Conjugal Condition 6672
66
Sources of the Negro Population 73
73
Some cases of crime
259
Pauperism and Alcoholism 269286
269
The drink habit
277
The Environment of the Negro 287321
287
Sections and wards
299
Social classes and amusements
309
The Contact of the Races 322367
322
Benevolence
355

The city
80
Education and Illiteracy 8396
83
The present condition
89
The Occupation of Negroes 97146
97
Occupations in the city m
111
History of the occupations of Negroes
141
The Health of Negroes 147163
147
The Negro Family 164196
164
Property
179
Family life
192
The function of the Negro church
201
The present condition of the churches
207
Secret and beneficial societies and cooperative
221
Institutions
230
Negro crime since the war
240
A special study in crime
248
Negro Suffrage 368384
368
Some good results of Negro suffrage
382
The duty of the Negroes
389
Appendix A Schedules used in the housetohouse
400
Appendix B Legislation etc of Pennsylvania
411
Bibliography 419421
419
Historical note by Tera Hunter 425426
425
Enumeration
431
Grades of service and wages 444455
444
Savings and expenditure 456462
456
Summary
462
Length and quality of Negro domestic service 474489
474
Conjugal condition illiteracy and health
490
Ideals of betterment 500509
500
INDEX 511520
511
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Elijah Anderson is Charles and William L. Day Professor of Social Science, and Professor of Sociology, at the University of Pennsylvania.

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