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The Yale review (v. 15)

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Pages: 370

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: George Park Fisher

Excerpt from book: PHILADELPHIA'S REVOLUTION. THE question is often asked, What are the underlying causes of the revolution in Philadelphia politics accomplished during the past year ? Is it a mere spasm, brought about by the energy of one man: or is it a new life which is beginning to manifest itself, even though it may be subject to setbacks as most reforms are? Are people being educated to higher standards: and if so, to what extent are they the results of previous efforts? The editor of the Review asked me to prepare this article on Philadelphia's revolution as long ago as last summer. At the time I replied I should very much like to write such an article, but that I felt that the campaign then pending should be allowed to develop a little further. Then I reached the conclusion that it would be premature to prepare the article before the results of the November election were known. That event was no sooner passed than a multitude of new problems sprang up, and more time was asked for on the ground that it was still too soon to give anything like a thoughtful survey of the situation and of the possible results of the stirring events beginning with Mayor Weaver's dismissal of his recalcitrant directors. Then Governor Pennypacker called the extraordinary session of the legislature and the compaign for the February election was inaugurated. These developments were such as to necessitate a further postponement: so I waited until after the special session of the legislature adjourned, until after the February election had been successfully passed, until after the reorganization of Select and Common Councils on April 1. These facts are recited because they indicate how difficult it is to treat of a situation so complex, so extensive, and so delicate as that which has characterized Philadelphia...  

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