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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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West Mount Airy and the Legacy of Integration

(p.168) Epilogue
Making Good Neighbors

Abigail Perkiss

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter argues that Mount Airy neighbors' efforts toward intentional integration were a part of a small movement around the country to create stable interracial communities. But scholars noted that even if these interracial communities serve as little more than a footnote in the larger narrative of racial struggle in the United States, they offer unique insight into the historic process of community-making in postwar American cities. On that note, West Mount Airy neighbors developed and honed a model of neighborhood that, when deployed effectively, fostered both racial tolerance and economic viability. The innovation of grassroots liberalism, the recognition of the bilateral need for structural accountability and the like allowed residents to sustain a stable, open community in the midst of vast political, economic, and cultural change.

Keywords:   Mount Airy neighbors, intentional integration, interracial communities, racial struggle, racial tolerance

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