Philadelphia: A Brief History

Roger D. Simon, 2003. Concise account of the color, drama, and excitement of Philadelphia as it changed from colonial port to industrial city and modern metropolis. Such diverse characters as William, Benjamin Franklin, Stephen Girard, John Wanamaker, Rebecca Gratz, Frank Rizzo, and Edward Rendell march across the pages. The struggles of immigrants and African Americans for a place in the city are recounted, along with the occasional spasms of violence and modern efforts at urban renewal. (The Pennsylvania Historical Association) 143 pp., 6 x 9, illus., tables. paperback.


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