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Driving while Black : African American travel and the road to civil rights  Cover Image Book Book

Driving while Black : African American travel and the road to civil rights

Summary: "The ultimate symbol of independence and possibility, the automobile has shaped this country from the moment the first Model T rolled off Henry Ford's assembly line. Yet cars have always held distinct importance for African Americans, allowing black families to evade the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society and to enjoy, in some measure, the freedom of the open road. Gretchen Sorin recovers a forgotten history of black motorists, and recounts their creation of a parallel, unseen world of travel guides, black only hotels, and informal communications networks that kept black drivers safe. At the heart of this story is Victor and Alma Green's famous Green Book, begun in 1936, which made possible that most basic American right, the family vacation, and encouraged a new method of resisting oppression. Enlivened by Sorin's personal history, Driving While Black opens an entirely new view onto the African American experience, and shows why travel was so central to the Civil Rights movement"--

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781631495694
  • ISBN: 1631495690
  • ISBN: 9781631495700
  • Physical Description: print
    xviii, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2020]
  • Badges:
    • Most Copies: 1 / 5.0

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The journey -- "Humiliation stalks them" -- African Americans and the automobile -- "Through the windshield" -- Driving while black -- Travel guides for everyone -- Victor and Alma Green's The Negro motorist green book -- "Where will you stay tonight?" -- "Vacation without aggravation."
Subject: African Americans Travel History 20th century
African American automobile drivers History 20th century
Automobile travel United States History 20th century
Segregation in transportation United States History 20th century
African Americans Segregation History 20th century
African Americans Social conditions 20th century
Civil rights United States History 20th century
HISTORY / United States / General
African American automobile drivers
African Americans Segregation
African Americans Social conditions
African Americans Travel
Automobile travel
Civil rights
Race relations
Segregation in transportation
Automobile travel United States
Discrimination in transportation United States
African Americans Segregation
African Americans Social conditions
Civil rights United States
United States Race relations History 20th century
United States
United States Race relations
Genre: History.

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  • 3 out of 3 copies are currently available at Flint River Regional Library System. (Show)
  • 1 out of 1 copy are currently available at Peachtree City Library.

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      Peachtree City Library
323.119 SORIN ( Send Text)
31022009421477 ADULT Available

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