Philadelphia in the Civil Rights Era

The civil rights movement in northern cities like Philadelphia both preceded and prefigured the better known southern movement even as it foundered on the limitations of liberal approaches to achieving racial equity.

Lecture Description

In this lecture, Countryman examines the civil rights and Black Power movements in Philadelphia from World War II through the 1970s. Specifically, the lecture tracks the development of the local movement to enact legal remedies to racial discrimination and the subsequent growing disillusionment in the city’s black communities with liberal remedies to racial discrimination. The lecture concludes with an examination of the city’s Black Power movement and its impact on the city’s politics in the 1970s.


African American Civil Rights

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Matthew J. Countryman

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