50 Years and Beyond:Philadelphia after the Emancipation Proclamation

This unit gives a snapshot of Philadelphia 50 years following the issue of the Emancipation Proclamation, which was signed on January 1, 1863 by President Lincoln. We will look at W.E.B. DuBois’ 1897 study of African Americans living in the Seventh Ward of Philadelphia in which he completed a door-to-door survey of the residents to get a sense of their economic and social condition.  Although this study was completed some 16 years before the 50th…

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