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Author Sorin, Gretchen Sullivan, author
Title Driving while black [ebook] : African American travel and the road to civil rights / Gretchen Sorin
Published New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2020]
Copyright ©2020
Edition First edition
Descript 1 online resource (xviii, 332 pages) : illustrations
Content text txt
Media computer c
Carrier online resource cr
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents 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."
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"-- Provided by publisher
Note Print version record
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
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century
African American automobile drivers.
African Americans -- Segregation.
African Americans -- Social conditions.
African Americans -- Travel.
Automobile travel.
Civil rights.
Race relations.
Segregation in transportation.
United States.
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ISBN 9781631495700

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