Right to Ride: Streetcar Boycotts and African American Citizenship in the Era of Plessy v. Ferguson / Edition 1

Right to Ride: Streetcar Boycotts and African American Citizenship in the Era of Plessy v. Ferguson / Edition 1

by Blair L. M. Kelley
     
 

ISBN-10: 080787101X

ISBN-13: 9780807871010

Pub. Date: 05/03/2010

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Through a reexamination of the earliest struggles against Jim Crow, Blair Kelley exposes the fullness of African American efforts to resist the passage of segregation laws dividing trains and streetcars by race in the early Jim Crow era. Right to Ride chronicles the litigation and local organizing against segregated rails that led to the Plessy v. Ferguson decision

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Through a reexamination of the earliest struggles against Jim Crow, Blair Kelley exposes the fullness of African American efforts to resist the passage of segregation laws dividing trains and streetcars by race in the early Jim Crow era. Right to Ride chronicles the litigation and local organizing against segregated rails that led to the Plessy v. Ferguson decision in 1896 and the streetcar boycott movement waged in twenty-five southern cities from 1900 to 1907. Kelley tells the stories of the brave but little-known men and women who faced down the violence of lynching and urban race riots to contest segregation.

Focusing on three key cities-New Orleans, Richmond, and Savannah - Kelley explores the community organizations that bound protestors together and the divisions of class, gender, and ambition that sometimes drove them apart. The book forces a reassessment of the timelines of the black freedom struggle, revealing that a period once dismissed as the age of accommodation should in fact be characterized as part of a history of protest and resistance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807871010
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/03/2010
Series:
The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
Edition description:
1
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
622,480
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 New York 15

The Antebellum Roots of Segregation and Dissent

2 The Color Line and the Ladies' Car 33

Segregation on Southern Rails before Plessy

3 Our People, Our Problem? 51

Plessy and the Divided New Orleans

4 Where Are Our Friends? 87

Crumbling Alliances and New Orleans Streetcar Boycott

5 Who's to Blame? 117

Maggie Lena Walker, John Mitchell Jr., and the Great Class Debate

6 Negroes Everywhere Are Walking 139

Work, Women, and the Richmond Streetcar Boycott

7 Battling Jim Crow's Buzzards 165

Betrayal and the Savannah Streetcar Boycott

8 Bend with Unabated Protest 195

On the Meaning of Failure

Notes 201

Bibliography 233

Index 247

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