The Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America (History and the Public)
David W. Young (Author)
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2020 Philip S. Klein Book Prize Winner, Pennsylvania Historical Association Known as America's most historic neighborhood, the Germantown section of Philadelphia (established in 1683) has distinguished itself by using public history initiatives to forge community. Progressive programs about ethnic history, postwar urban planning, and civil rights have helped make historic preservation and public history meaningful. The Battles of Germantown considers what these efforts can tell us about public history's practice and purpose in the United States. Author David Young, a neighborhood resident who worked at Germantown historic sites for decades, uses his practitioner's perspective to give examples of what he calls "effective public history." The Battles of Germantown shows how the region celebrated "Negro Achievement Week" in 1928 and, for example, how social history research proved that the neighborhood's Johnson House was a station on the Underground Railroad. These encounters have useful implications for addressing questions of race, history, and memory, as well as issues of urban planning and economic revitalization. Germantown's historic sites use public history and provide leadership to motivate residents in an area challenged by job loss, population change, and institutional inertia. The Battles of Germantown illustrates how understanding and engaging with the past can benefit communities today.
About the Author
David W. Young is the Executive Director of the Delaware Historical Society. He previously served as Executive Director of Cliveden, a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Johnson House Historic Site, both located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
- Contributor: David W. Young
- Imprint: Temple University Press,U.S.
- ISBN13: 9781439915547
- Number of Pages: 286
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229mm
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
- Release Date: 2019-09-13
- Series: History and the Public
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: David W. Young is the Executive Director of the Delaware Historical Society. He previously served as Executive Director of Cliveden, a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Johnson House Historic Site, both located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
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