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Swimming against Segregation: The Struggle to Desegregate

Jeff Wiltse
Pennsylvania Legacies
Vol. 10, No. 2 (November 2010), pp. 12-17
DOI: 10.5215/pennlega.10.2.0012
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Swimming against Segregation: The Struggle to Desegregate
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Abstract During the 1910s and 1920s, blacks and whites swam together in Pittsburgh’s municipal swimming pools. The pools were small, austere, gender-segregated facilities intended to promote cleanliness and physical health among the city’s working classes. According to the Pittsburgh Courier, the city’s African American newspaper, “no problems” arose between blacks and whites despite their close intermingling at the pools.

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