Introduction Liberals, Race, and Jobs in Postwar Philadelphia

in The Problem of Jobs

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226560120
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226560144 | DOI:
Introduction Liberals, Race, and Jobs in Postwar Philadelphia

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the jobs problem and liberalism in postwar Philadelphia. It describes the postwar local liberalism in Philadelphia that adapted to the New Deal and the wartime tradition of economic engagement for postwar conditions, and which focused the power of the state on questions of economic structure and employment. The chapter also argues that the loss of manufacturing jobs posed a fundamental quandary not just for Philadelphia but for American urbanism generally.

Keywords: jobs problem; liberalism; Philadelphia; economic structure; postwar conditions; employment; American urbanism

Chapter.  5763 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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