First research post-comps

I spent my first post-comprehensive-exams research trip in Philadelphia last week, visiting the Historical Society of PA for follow up work on the 1876 Centennial world’s fair. No “ah ha!” moments this trip, but I got through a good bit of material and confirmed I need to make a few more trips to Philly this summer! The Free Library there has some of the only extant copies of the Philadelphia Free Press newspaper from the 1870s—the paper that seems to have covered the conflict between white and Black “Centennial women” in the most detail. I’m beginning to get a handle on the different neighborhoods and wards in that era, as well, I think…

Back to Philly later this month!

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