Sep 8, 2016
Allentown's History A Thing Of The Past
As I've been studying up on Allentown's former merchants, I keep thinking of the radial population shift experienced by this city in one generation. While most the merchants of 1930 were at least 3th generation Allentonians, the new residents, mostly Hispanic, are almost all recent arrivals. Interest in local history is so small that even the local historic society concentrates on topics of national interest, such as Abraham Lincoln.
Talking of Lincoln, this population shift has had political consequences. Pawlowski, who hails from Chicago, was not unlike the carpetbaggers who went south after the civil war. I believe that we are in a historic void, between the old Pa. Dutch culture, and the new Hispanic population, which has not yet risen politically. And, like the south after the Civil War, the opportunists are making hay.
postcard above, Hamilton Street 1930