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Making Good NeighborsCivil Rights, Liberalism, and Integration in Postwar Philadelphia$
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Abigail Perkiss

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452284

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452284.001.0001

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Civil Rights’ Stepchild

(p.1) Introduction
Making Good Neighbors

Abigail Perkiss

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter presents some arguments made by New York Human Rights Commissioner Eleanor Holmes Norton during the sixth annual meeting of National Neighbors, an initiative bringing together racially integrated communities from across the country. She pleaded for an open neighborhood integration as increasing numbers of middle-class African Americans were making their homes in previously all-white areas. Northwest Philadelphia's West Mount Airy is one of the first neighborhoods in the United States to embrace this integrationist mission. By replacing residential segregation with residential integration, the West Mount Airy residents deviated from the system of racial separation, and lived their lives experiencing interracial living.

Keywords:   Eleanor Holmes Norton, National Neighbors, neighborhood integration, African Americans, West Mount Airy

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