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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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Confrontations in Black and White

Confrontations in Black and White

The Crisis of Integration

(p.120) Chapter 6 Confrontations in Black and White
Making Good Neighbors

Abigail Perkiss

Cornell University Press

This chapter describes blacks' concerns over a perceived racial hierarchy that was beginning to emerge in West Mount Airy Neighbors in the 1960s, and discusses how the West Mount Airy Neighbors Association (WMAN) addressed the problem. WMAN leaders focused its effort in examining the problems of racism that existed both within the organization and throughout the larger West Mount Airy community. They organized a series of workshops that would bring together white and black Mount Airy residents to discuss the growing racial divide in the community. They also set up a six-session course titled “Face to Face: Black-White Confrontation” that would help residents address racial prejudice within the neighborhood.

Keywords:   racial hierarchy, West Mount Airy Neighbors, WMAN, racism, racial divide

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