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Making Good Neighbors: Civil Rights, Liberalism, and Integration in Postwar Philadelphia

Abigail Perkiss


In the 1950s and 1960s, as the white residents, real estate agents, and municipal officials of many American cities fought to keep African Americans out of traditionally white neighborhoods, Philadelphia's West Mount Airy became one of the first neighborhoods where residents came together around a community-wide mission toward intentional integration. As West Mount Airy experienced transition, homeowners fought economic and legal policies that encouraged white flight and threatened the quality of local schools, seeking to find an alternative to racial separation without knowing what they would ... More

Keywords: African Americans, intentional integration, white flight, racial separation, neighborhood groups, black activists, West Mount Airy, biracial integration, multiethnic diversity, multiracialdiversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452284
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452284.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abigail Perkiss, author
Assistant Professor of History, Kean University