The Philadelphians: A Story of Two American Families, traces two Philadelphia families that were neighbors through five generations. In one sense, it is a hundred-and-fifty-year family history of the Murphys and Carvins, neighboring families, one wealthy, one not, who eventually unite in marriage. In another sense, it is a history of America, the prosperous and influential Murphys involved in great events and national policy-making, the working-class Carvins dealing with the downstream effects of those same events and policies. The families’ lives are touched by Abe Lincoln, Mary Surratt, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Gloria Swanson, Bob Hope and others. Maps, graphics, appendices, and over 1500 source citations make this a reliable and verifiable account of real people affected by national events. 447 pages. Hardcover. ISBN 978-0-9768183-4-2. Price $29.95.
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