The Philadelphia Negro Study Timelines: Catto Postscript

W.E. B. DuBois begins his seminal study of Philadelphia’s black community in the 7th Ward, The Philadelphia Negro.  He exposed how the city’s Republican machine doled out offices and bribes to blacks, but did little to improve conditions in the Ward.  His study detailed the deplorable conditions blacks faced in the city.  DuBois also interviewed individuals, who knew Catto.  These individuals spoke to Catto’s lasting meaning to the black community, some twenty-five years after his assassination.  DuBois included the Catto story in The Philadelphia Negro.

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