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Episode No. 12 – Philly Streets in the Early Republic

Life overflowed onto the streets of Philadelphia in the Early Republic. The streets were intensely social spaces, but could also be extremely dangerous. As the city grew, it began to take an interest in its past. Street life ebbed and flowed around a boozy calendar of events, where the powerful displayed the proper order of things, and the working class turned that proper order on its head.

Find out more and see a full bibliography in the companion blog for this episode at

Join the podcast and Beyond the Bell Tours for our joint “Badass Women’s History Tour” on July 21, 2022, at 6:30pm. Book you tickets here, or find the tour at

You can page through the 1810 Cries of Philadelphia children’s book here; and learn about the history of pepper pot stew in Philly from food historian Tonya Hopkins here.