The Philadelphia Region: Resisting Since 1688

By Laura Blanchard

Resistance takes many  forms and embraces many topics.

In the Philadelphia region, resistance began with a protest against slavery in 1688 and continues to this day. Our ancestors and our neighbors could be found on the front lines of movements to foster emancipation; assert the rights of women, minorities and others; and challenge the status quo in science and religion.

And some of our ancestors and neighbors could be found on the other side, pushing back against efforts to extend rights or challenge the norms.

As we work to make sure that current and future resistance narratives are captured, preserved, and shared, we can also look back at materials that have been safeguarded in the region’s libraries and archives.  Here is a sampling: