African-American Workers were Key to AC’s Success

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The Northside details the irony surrounding the areas eventual slide from thriving self-sufficiency into drug abuse, crime and searing poverty. As happened in other cities, the civil-rights campaigns of the 1950s and 60s designed to elevate the political, social and economic status of American blacks helped propel the Northside’s decline.

“You had people who were educated and who made a decent living and once [integration] made it possible for those people to move out, they did just that. When the educated, successful professionals left the Northside, the bottom fell out, and it hasnt really recovered.”

— Nelson Johnson, author of The Northside

Read more in the Philadelphia Daily News