Insight Philadelphia : Historical Essays Illustrated, Paperback / softback Book

Insight Philadelphia : Historical Essays Illustrated Paperback / softback


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 / softback
  • Pages: 248 pages, 78 black & white photographs
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
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  • Category: Regional & national history
  • ISBN: 9780813597430

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