Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Discover the stories of reformers who reshaped Philadelphia’s purpose and governance, challenging the established “corrupt machine” and vying for control through elections. Dive into pivotal moments, from the 1885 city charter overhaul to the emergence of the Republican machine and the city’s shift to a Democratic stronghold in the 1950s, marked by profound racial transitions.
Focusing on the 20th and 21st centuries, Dilworth delves into the terms of influential mayors like Rizzo, Goode, Rendell, Street, Nutter, and Kenney. Uncover the intricate dance of power and resistance, as Philadelphia’s political history and reform cycles offer a compelling framework applicable to cities nationwide.
Dilworth will also discuss the importance of HSP’s collection to his research process.