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"The battle for harmony": intergroup relations between blacks and Latinos in Philadelphia, 1950s to 1980s

Ribeiro, Alyssa M. (2013) "The battle for harmony": intergroup relations between blacks and Latinos in Philadelphia, 1950s to 1980s. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation is a case study that explores black and Latino relations in North Philadelphia neighborhoods from the 1950s through the 1980s. It draws upon community organization records, local government documents,newspapers, and oral histories. In the fifties and sixties, scarce housing, language barriers, Puerto Ricans’ ambiguous racial identity, and slow adaptation by local institutions contributed to racial tension and social segregation. But from the late sixties through the late seventies, black-Latino relationships markedly improved. During this crucial
decade, blacks and Latinos increasingly drew upon their shared circumstances to form strategic alliances. They used grassroots organizing to pressure existing institutions, focusing on basic issues like schools, housing, and police. Coinciding developments like the election of a racially-polarizing mayoral administration and greater federal funding for antipoverty programs boosted these efforts. The Philadelphia case provides a counterpoint to studies that have emphasized black-Latino conflict and contributes to an emerging literature on multiracial coalitions.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ribeiro, Alyssa
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMuller, Edward K.ekmuller@pitt.eduEKMULLER
Committee MemberGlasco, Laurencelag1@pitt.eduLAG1
Committee MemberPutnam, Laralep12@pitt.eduLEP12
Committee MemberRuck,
Committee MemberTrotter, Joe
Date: 2 July 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 18 March 2013
Approval Date: 2 July 2013
Submission Date: 14 April 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 289
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Philadelphia Puerto Rican African American multiracial community organizations antipoverty programs
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 14:05
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:11


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