Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Philadelphia and the Nation

A photograph of the interior court of the former Wanamaker's store on Market Street, featuring the Grand Organ acquired from the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904.Interior of former Wanamaker’s store, a national model in retailing. (Library of Congress)

Philadelphia’s central role in the birth of a new nation is not to be underestimated. But the commemoration of the Declaration of Independence, the work of the Continental Congress, and the writing of the Constitution in the city have tended to overshadow the ways in which the Philadelphia region’s entire story is in many ways America’s story. The topics here explore Greater Philadelphia’s central place in an expansive American narrative.

Topics: National Connections and Impact

Gallery: National Connections and Impact

Timeline: National Connections and Impact

Map: National Connections and Impact

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