Civil Rights in a Northern City: Philadelphia is a collection of digitized archival resources detailing the history of the modern civil rights movement in Philadelphia.  Through a compelling range of photographs, newspapers, manuscripts, film footage, and oral histories, Civil Rights in a Northern City: Philadelphia seeks to highlight the key people, places, and events that made Philadelphia an important part of the national struggle for racial equality and social change. Temple University Libraries sponsors Civil Rights in a Northern City: Philadelphia and the text and materials presented here are primarily drawn from the holdings of its special collections.


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  Why Philadelphia?

    The meaning and legacy of Philadelphia’s role in the national campaign for civil rights.


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   Desegregation of Girard College

     The history of the 15-year struggle to integrate Girard College (1954-1968).


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   Columbia Avenue Riots

     North Philadelphia erupts in 3 days of racial conflict (1964).


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   Philadelphia Transit Strike of 1944

     Philadelphia Transit Strike of 1944 documents the events leading up to and including the  August 1944 strike.


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     Primary sources and related materials from Temple University Libraries' Special Collections.