Each of the nearly 100 essays in Insight Philadelphia tells a succinct, compelling, and little-known tale of the city's past.
Some stories are quirky, like how early gas stations were designed to resemble classical temples, or the saga of how a museum acquired a 2000-year-old Greek statue, then had it demolished it with a sledgehammer.
Other stories turn serious, exploring the tragic deaths of child laborers in the city's textile mills and a century-old case of racial profiling that led to a stationhouse murder.
Historian Kenneth Finkel introduces readers to the many brave souls and colorful characters who left their mark on the city, from the Irish immigrant "coal heavers" - who initiated the nation's first general strike, to the teenage Josephine Baker making a flashy debut on the Philadelphia stage. Illustrated with scores of rare archival images, Insight Philadelphia will give readers a new appreciation for the people and places that make the City of Brotherly Love so unique.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 248 pages, 78 black & white photographs
- Publisher: Rutgers University Press
- Publication Date: 30/06/2018
- Category: Regional & national history
- ISBN: 9780813597430
- Hardback from £75.39