Philadelphia in the 1850s and 1860s was a place where white and black citizens lived right next door to one another, but black people were not yet allowed to vote. It was also a time when the Pennsylvania Railroad was expanding to connect the country. And some Philadelphia women were fighting their own civil rights battles.
That’s a picture painted in the latest episode of “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment,” a documentary series exploring the city’s history. Wednesday’s episode looks at the years from 1854 to 1871.
Nathaniel Popkin, who wrote the documentary series, joined NewsWorks Tonight’s Brad Linder to offer some background on the people who defined the city at this crucial time.
“Neighbors 1854-1871” will air on 6ABC Wedensday at 7:30 p.m.