Old City Philadelphia
is the heart of the City of Brotherly Love, where the Declaration of Independence
was signed and the Constitution
written. From the Delaware Indians and early Swedish settlers to the artisans and craftspeople who lived along Elfreth's Alley-the oldest residential street in the United States-this town represented the backbone of the new nation until the city's priorities shifted. As change buffeted the city and the nation, Old City Philadelphia resisted passing into oblivion and recreated itself as a place committed to tradition, craftsmanship, and history that is a resident's, and visitor's, delight.
In this book, Alice L. George, historian and former newspaper editor, compiles a comprehensive and engaging narrative with vivid historic images, presenting an entertaining, informative account of this, the birthplace of America.
Philadelphia was founded by William Penn and has many of the iconic monuments of the American Revolution. The Declaration of Independence was promulgated by the Second Continental Congress and declared independence for the 13 colonies from Britain. The United States Constitution is the written document by which both the federal government was instituted.