Chester HistoryThis collection includes images, articles and historical doucments about the City of Chester. It includes oral histories from Chester residents and an exhibit on the history of the SS City of Chester that was built in the city in 1875.
Chester TimelineView over 100 pictures depicting the history of the city of Chester from 1821 to the present. These photographs can also be found in the exhibit Connections: A Timeline of our History that is located on the walls of Widener’s Alumni Auditorium lobby.
Chester NAACP Scrapbook 1963-1964This scrapbook is a part of the George Raymond Papers. It was created by Patricia Taylor for the Chester Branch of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). Its clippings chronicle the Chester Civil Rights movement during the period from 1963 to 1964, while George Raymond was president of the NAACP.
George Raymond Clippings - 1940s to 1960sThis project features a variety of newspaper clippings collected by George Raymond, head of the Chester NAACP for nearly 25 years. A majority of these clippings come from the Chester Times and its successor the Delaware County Daily Times and the rest come from Philadelphia and National Newspapers.
George Raymond Scrapbook - 1940s to 1960sThis scrapbook, created by Raymond, chronicles the Chester Civil Rights movement during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, through newspaper clippings, announcements, booklets and other materials.
George Raymond Scrapbook - 1960s - 1990sThis scrapbook, created by Raymond, focuses on the Chester Civil Rights movement in the 1960's through photographs, newspaper clippings and other materials, although it includes materials from other years.
George Raymond Papers - 1940s to 1990sThese papers focus on the major Civil Rights activities that George Raymond was active in during the 1940s through 1960s including, integration of Chester Public Schools, fair housing policies, voter registration, and the integration of the Great Leopard Skating Rink. The papers also include Raymond's correspondence with local and national leaders, showing the lengths that he took to accomplish the goals of the Chester NAACP.
Politics and Prejudice: small-town Blacks battle a corrupt system by Harris, Richard E."Politics and Prejudice" tells the story of the Black population of Chester, Pennsylvania, starting with a few slaves in colonial times and ending with Chester as a majority-Black city in the 1980s. Author Richard Harris was eye-witness to many of the dramatic events of the struggle for equality during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, when Chester was in the national spotlight. Those events are vividly described, as are the many ways the repressive Republican political machine sought to suppress and manipulate Chesters Blacks.
Call Number: M CIRCULATING F159.C5 H37 2008
Publication Date: 2008-12-01
Race and the Politics of Deception by Christopher MeleWhat is the relationship between race and space, and how do racial politics inform the organization and development of urban locales? In Race and the Politics of Deception, Christopher Mele unpacks America's history of dealing with racial problems through the inequitable use of public space. Mele focuses on Chester, Pennsylvania--a small city comprised of primarily low-income, black residents, roughly twenty miles south of Philadelphia. Like many cities throughout the United States, Chester is experiencing post-industrial decline. A development plan touted as a way to "save" the city, proposes to turn one section into a desirable waterfront destination, while leaving the rest of the struggling residents in fractured communities. Dividing the city into spaces of tourism and consumption versus the everyday spaces of low-income residents, Mele argues, segregates the community by creating a racialized divide. While these development plans are described as socially inclusive and economically revitalizing, Mele asserts that political leaders and real estate developers intentionally exclude certain types of people--most often, low-income people of color. Race and the Politics of Deception provides a revealing look at how our ever-changing landscape is being strategically divided along lines of class and race.
Publication Date: 2017-01-10
Just over the line: Chester County and the underground railroad by Kashatus, William C.Located just over the Mason-Dixon line dividing free and slave states, Chester County was an important and dangerous junction on the Underground Railroad's Eastern Line. Predominantly populated by the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, the county saw much debate and conflict brought about by the terrible risk involved in this radical and subversive activity. While traditionally Quakers have been believed to be very cooperative in the enterprise of conducting runaways in their flight to freedom, the analysis offered here by William C. Kashatus shows that it was not that simple. For many Friends, the conflict between the law and their convictions was a difficult one, and the passing of the Fugitive Slave Law in 1850 only added to their dilemma. This made Chester County a highly dangerous and yet geographically necessary stop on the journey north. Previous histories of the Underground Railroad in the area have focused on this myth of unified opposition to slavery by the Quakers, but they have also committed another disservice. They ignored the actions and bravery of the African Americans who not only used the passages for their own escape but also facilitated the escape of others. This new history of Chester County's link in the Railroad attempts to correct that omission. Rather than propagate the history that the abolitionists themselves constructed, making themselves the heroes of the story, Kashatus digs deeper to find a more balanced view of this rich and fascinating history. This book is being published in conjunction with a new exhibit at the Chester County Historical Society that focuses on the Underground Railroad in Chester County.
Call Number: D BRANDYWINE HISTORY E450 .K27 2002
Publication Date: 2002-02-13
History of the Underground Railroad in Chester and the neighboring counties of Pennsylvania by Smedley, R. C.Reprint of a significant primary source on the Underground Railroad Colorful information and anecdotes from the participants Originally published in 1883 and long out of print, this remarkable volume examines the Underground Railroad as it operated in southeastern Pennsylvania. Based on interviews with those directly involved in the escaped slave network, it tells the stories of freedom seekers, those who helped them, and the places they hid. A new introduction by Christopher Densmore places the book in its historical context and assesses the work in light of more recent scholarship.
Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania by Switala, Wiliam J.Revised and expanded with recently uncovered information Detailed maps of escape routes and networks Eyewitness accounts of fugitives Organized in antebellum America to help slaves escape to freedom, the Underground Railroad was cloaked in secrecy and operated at great peril to everyone involved. The system was extremely active in Pennsylvania, with routes running through cities and towns in all parts of the state. This revised second edition retraces the routes with detailed maps, discusses the large city networks, identifies the houses and sites where escapees found refuge, and records the names of the people who risked their lives to support the operation.
Call Number: M CIRCULATING E445.P3 S95 2008
Publication Date: 2008-08-21
The Negro in Pennsylvania: slavery, servitude, freedom 1639 – 1861 by Turner, Edward RaymondExcerpt from The Negro in Pennsylvania: Slavery-Servitude-Freedom, 1639-1861 Last of all it is a pleasure to acknowledge the partien lar obligations under which I am to my friend, Mr. Albert Cook Myers of Moylan, Pennsylvania. Not only did he help and encourage me at every stage of my task, but with rare generosity he put at my disposal all of his own collections and his vast knowledge of the location of the sources for Pennsylvania history. At his suggestion and through his recommendation I used manuscripts which I could not have obtained otherwise. Not a few of the facts contained in my book were fur nished by him directly. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Call Number: M CIRCULATING E185.93.P41 T9 1969
Publication Date: 2015-07-18
The Negro in Pennsylvania: a study in economic history by Wright, Richard R.Excerpt from The Negro in Pennsylvania: A Study in Economic History Newspapers contained frequent advertisements con cerning slaves. Indeed, half of the advertising matter of the American Weekly Mercury, Pennsylvania's first news paper, consisted oi advertisements for the sale of Negroes, or for the apprehending of Negro slaves or other servants. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Don't Burn It Here: grassroots challenges to trash incinerators by Walsh, Edward J., Warland, Rex & Smith, D. ClaytonWhen first proposed in this country during the 1970s, waste-to-energy (WTE) incinerators appeared to be ideal solutions to the growing mounds of trash in our "throw-away" society. Promising to convert useless garbage into electricity while saving precious landfill space, trash incinerators seemed perfectly timed to respond to a national need. Within a decade, however, a grassroots anti-incineration movement emerged as a vibrant offshoot of the environmental movement. In Don't Burn It Here, sociologists Edward Walsh, Rex Warland, and D. Clayton Smith examine this grassroots movement through detailed analyses of the struggles surrounding proposals to build eight municipal incinerators in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. The eight case histories that form the heart of the book are comparable to hundreds of others across the U.S. The authors' research is based on interviews, focus group discussions, extensive newspaper files, and questionnaire responses from participants on both sides of the conflicts. A final chapter examines the similarities and differences between the three successful projects and the five defeated ones. An overview of the history of the modern incinerator in the U.S. and the emergence of a major national opposition movement provides the necessary context, and throughout the book, the authors make useful comparisons to other national movements seeking legal justice for deprived collectivities such as women and ethnic groups. This project was supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation's Fund for Research in Dispute Resolution. Striving to maintain a balanced treatment of both sides of the incinerator battles, the authors provide fresh theoretical and methodological perspectives on a new type of collective action. They also help to close the gap between theory and empirical data in the social sciences.
Justice In Chester DocumentaryAn in-depth history of the grassroots struggle to stop the clustering of commercial waste facilities in Chester, PA--a predominately poor African American community. We’ll examine the Environmental Justice movement through the lens of Chester residents and highlight the power of grassroots efforts to affect positive change.