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Langston1 Eric S. Langston History of Philadelphia Dr. Francis Ryan Final Paper Assignment Table of Contents Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………1 African American Experience in the Early Nineteenth Century ........................................................... 6 Sports within the African America Community .................................................................................... 30 African Americans and Religion ............................................................................................................ 53 Segregation in Housing ............................................................................................................................ 70 The Black Working Class………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………91
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Langston2 Philadelphia is often referred to as the City of Brotherly Love, and being a resident of Philadelphia, I will always be a proud Philadelphian. The purpose of this book is to trace race relations throughout Philadelphia’s history. Racism does not openly exist as it has in past generations, yet it is safe to admit that racism is still prevalent even in today’s society. African Americans have faced social injustices since the inception of slavery. This book will identify several cases of how African Americans have overcome economic and social difficulties, in hopes of integrating into main-stream society. The book will address issues which transpired in the early 19 th century; it will also cover the topic of how sports affected the African American community; the importance of Religion for blacks; segregation within the housing community; and the Black working class. During the early 19 th century, Bishop Richard Allen was an influential voice for the African American community. During that time, Allen wanted blacks to be able to assimilate into main-stream society. Allen wanted blacks to succeed in all of their endeavors, but it was an overbearing task, and Allen began to lose hope in the system. There came a point where Richard Allen decided that it would be better for African Americans to colonize back to Africa, a place where he knew blacks would be accepted. Richard Allen stated, “He was an American and not an American, a freeman and not a freeman, a man dedicated to saving America from racial sin and a man in search of a country free from racial sin. He was an African American and African trapped in America.” 1 Allen believed that would never overcome the racial oppression that they were placed under. It was Allen’s theology that blacks should consider a mass exodus because there was no 1 Richard S. Newman, Freedom’s Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black Founding Fathers (New York: New York University Press, 2009) 184.
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