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Black CitymakersHow The Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America$
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Marcus Anthony Hunter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199948130

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948130.001.0001

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Philadelphia's Black Belt

Philadelphia's Black Belt

(p.167) 5 Philadelphia's Black Belt
Black Citymakers

Marcus Anthony Hunter

Oxford University Press

How have black political victories impacted patterns of urban black development? This chapter focuses on black political rhetoric and mobilization in post–civil rights Philadelphia, and in particular the rise to prominence of an urban black mayor—W. Wilson Goode. The chapter traces the racial geography of Philadelphia and the Black Seventh Ward as it developed in the years 1980–2000, in the wake of Wilson Goode's historic election as Philadelphia's first black mayor. In the post–civil rights context, the combined political efforts of various neighborhood councils and leaders made possible the preservation of the black cultural legacy of the Seventh Ward, especially around the South Street area. The political enfranchisement of black Philadelphians, represented by Goode's victory, was indicative of the changed relationship between urban blacks and the local power structure in the post–civil rights era, and the chapter shows how that affected contemporary and historic black neighborhoods.

Keywords:   black politics, black mayor, W. Wilson Goode, post–civil rights Philadelphia, Black Seventh Ward, political agency

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