PATTERNS OF WEALTH AND CLASS

Philadelphia: 1846 and 1865

The Wealth and Class Project maps three different demographic groups living in Philadelphia in 1846 and 1865. The Philadelphia Club was an elite social club; Wealthy citizens of Philadelphia represented the wealthiest men of the city in 1846 and 1865; and those listed as laborers in the 1847 and 65 city directories represent the working-class. The intention of this project was to chart the residential patterns of these three demographic groups, in an effort to compare the geography of class and wealth during the mid 19th century in Philadelphia.

Elite: The Philadelphia Club
Wealthy Citizens of Philadelphia
Working Class

(photo credits: The Philadelphia Club 1834-1934: Being a Brief History of the Club for the First Hundred Years; Memoirs and Auto-Biography of Some of the Wealthy Citizens of Philadelphia; Frederick DeBourg Richards Photograph Collection at the Library Company of Philadelphia)

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