Culture of Philadelphia

The culture of Philadelphia goes back to 1682 when Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn. Originally inhabited by the Lenape, Philadelphia was envisioned as a place where people could live without fear of persecution because of their religion. As a result, many Quakers, Mennonites, and others came to find refuge within the city. As Philadelphia grew into a major political and economic center of the United States, many different groups of religions and ethnicities flocked to the city. 19th and 20th century immigration and migration led to large concentrations of Germans, Italians, Asians, Irishmen, Puerto Ricans and African Americans. Philadelphia is still a major center of immigration, with large Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, East African, Middle Eastern, Indian and Mexican immigrant populations, among others.

The city's cultural prominence has risen and fallen since its founding. The city has made contributions in art, music, television, architecture and food. Philadelphia institutions range from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Pat's Steaks.

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... One of the first novels set in Philadelphia was 1844's The Quaker City by George Lippard Based on real 1843 events and depicting seduction and violence, the novel sold 60,000 ... novels set entirely or partially in the city include John Edgar Wideman's Philadelphia Fire A Novel, the Old Philadelphia Mystery book series, and Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections ... The 2006 anthology Philly Fiction included 19 short stories set in Philadelphia by modern authors ...

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