Harrisburg, the City Beautiful: Recasting the History of Urban Reform in a Small American Capital

Harrisburg, the City Beautiful: Recasting the History of Urban Reform in a Small American Capital <p>abstract:</p><p>In 1980 William H. Wilson published an important essay in <i>Pennsylvania History</i> that defined Harrisburg&apos;s City Beautiful movement as "successful." In his analysis, reformers galvanized citizens to vote for civic betterment. A package of amenities—pavements, clean water, drainage, and parks—improved the state capital. On this fortieth anniversary of Wilson&apos;s publication, in a year commemorating significant federal amendments granting suffrage to African American men (1870) and women (1920), this special issue takes a closer look at early twentieth-century Harrisburg, its "successful" movement for urban reform, and the clear and consequential losses. This particular article highlights recent scholarship on Harrisburg; new studies of the Old Eighth Ward; novel geospatial and demographic datasets; and exciting public history projects that reclaim forgotten voices. While not a definitive answer to understanding Harrisburg&apos;s City Beautiful movement, this issue is a case study in how historians can recast locally significant problems in Pennsylvania history.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies Penn State University Press

Harrisburg, the City Beautiful: Recasting the History of Urban Reform in a Small American Capital

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Penn State University Press
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<p>abstract:</p><p>In 1980 William H. Wilson published an important essay in <i>Pennsylvania History</i> that defined Harrisburg&apos;s City Beautiful movement as "successful." In his analysis, reformers galvanized citizens to vote for civic betterment. A package of amenities—pavements, clean water, drainage, and parks—improved the state capital. On this fortieth anniversary of Wilson&apos;s publication, in a year commemorating significant federal amendments granting suffrage to African American men (1870) and women (1920), this special issue takes a closer look at early twentieth-century Harrisburg, its "successful" movement for urban reform, and the clear and consequential losses. This particular article highlights recent scholarship on Harrisburg; new studies of the Old Eighth Ward; novel geospatial and demographic datasets; and exciting public history projects that reclaim forgotten voices. While not a definitive answer to understanding Harrisburg&apos;s City Beautiful movement, this issue is a case study in how historians can recast locally significant problems in Pennsylvania history.</p>

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Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Feb 28, 2020

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