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  1. Introduction.
  2. Philadelphia on the Eve of the Revolution.
  3. The History of Philadelphia After the War.
  4. 1820s, many factory workers began to realize their collective plight.
  5. Capitalist ideologies of immigrants had notably replaced the Quaker values upon which the city had been founded.
  6. 1840s, riots between whites and blacks began to break out all over the city.
  7. Conclusion

By the late eighteen the century, America was well on its way to establishing its own national identity. While the cities and towns that were born during this time period each manifested their own unique culture and heritage, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania became the political and economic heart of the United States. Most, if not all, of the political developments that had taken place as the colonies transformed from a loosely knit organizations of states to the United States of American happened in Philadelphia. Philadelphia played such an integral role in the development of the United States that after the Revolution, Philadelphia became the nation's first capitol. Although the capital of the United States was subsequently moved to Washington, D.C. in 1800, the political spirit that had once held the city tightly in its arms still remained an integral part of the city's culture and development.

[...] Seeking some degree of social and political harmony, the citizens of Philadelphia chose to turn their backs on their religious convictions and support the Union in its fight to free the slaves. Further, the specific events that took place in Philadelphia as a result of the war also made many citizens favorable to the cause: a combination of patriotism and the prosperity that war brought to the city no doubt led a majority of Philadelphians at least lukewarmly to support the union cause.?[xxvii] Conclusion Charles Dickens in his classic novel A Tale of Two Cities writes, was the best of times, it was the worst of times Although Dickens was not writing about post-colonial Philadelphia, it is clear that this sentiment best captures what was happening in this city between the years of the Revolution and the Civil War. [...]


[...] Philadelphia on the Eve of the Revolution In order to understand the history of Philadelphia and the changes that occurred between the years of 1780 and 1860, a broad overview of the city before this time period is warranted. Critically reviewing what has been written about Philadelphia in the time before the Revolution, it is clear that this city was a growing economic center. Although the city was comprised primarily of Quaker settlers fleeing persecution in England, by the early eighteenth century, the city became inundated with Scotch-Irish and other European immigrants searching for a better life.[i] As such, the religious underpinnings that had severed as the basis for the development of the city were being replaced with an entrepreneurial spirit of capitalism as many immigrants sought to establish themselves as business or tradesmen: . [...]


[...] As such, instead of fighting against the South, the citizens of Philadelphia simply found it much easier to support the North and abolition. Arguably, the problems that had faced the citizens of Philadelphia in the years since the Revolutionary War had taken their toll. Thousands of individuals lost loved ones to plague outbreaks and the social chaos that had been created as a result of industrialization were more than enough for the city's citizens. In the end, Philadelphia's support of the Union was clearly a reaction to 80 years of tumultuous growth. [...]

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