The Elite of Our People Joseph Willson's Sketches of Black Upper-Class Life in Antebellum Philadelphia
- List Price: $30.95
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
- Publish date: 08/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780271020211
- ISBN10: 0271020210
Julie Winch has written a substantial introduction and prepared extensive annotation. She identifies the people Willson wrote about and gives readers a sense of Philadelphia's multifaceted and richly textured African American community. The Elite of Our People will interest urban, antebellum, and African American historians, as well as individuals with a general interest in African American history.
This volume has withstood the test of time. It remains readable, Joseph Willson was well read, articulate, and had a keen eye for detail. His message is as timely today as it was in 1841. The people he wrote about were remarkable individuals whose lives were as complex as his own.