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Johns Hopkins destroyed his private papers so thoroughly that no credible biography exists of the Baltimore Quaker titan. One of America’s richest men and the largest single shareholder of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Hopkins was also one of the city’s defining developers. In The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins, Antero Pietila weaves together a biography of the man with a portrait of how the institutions he founded have shaped the racial legacy of an industrial city from its heyday to its decline and revitalization.
From the destruction of neighborhoods to make way for the mercantile buildings that dominated Baltimore’s downtown through much of the 19th century to the role that the president of Johns Hopkins University played in government-sponsored “Negro Removal” , which unleashed the migration patterns that created Baltimore’s existing racial patchwork, Pietila tells the story of how one man’s wealth shaped and reshaped the life of a city long after his lifetime.
Antero Pietila worked at The Sun for 35 years as a local reporter, correspondent in South Africa and the Soviet Union, and as a member of the editorial board. He is the author of Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City. He co-authored an e-book, Race Goes To War: Ollie Stewart and the Reporting of Black Correspondents in World War II. He graduated from the School of Social Sciences in Tampere and earned his Master of Arts at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
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