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

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

by Blair L. M. Kelley

NOOK Book(eBook)

$17.49 $19.99 Save 13% Current price is $17.49, Original price is $19.99. You Save 13%.
View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807895818
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 05/03/2010
Series: The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 682,203
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Blair L. M. Kelley is associate professor of history at North Carolina State University.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Right to Ride is one of those marvelous books that will forever change historians' ideas about an incident they thought they understood completely: the context surrounding Plessy v. Ferguson. Beautifully written and extremely well researched, it uncovers completely new material that will impinge on a variety of historiographical arguments.—Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History, African American Studies, and American Studies, Yale University

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Right to Ride: Streetcar Boycotts and African American Citizenship in the Era of Plessy v. Ferguson 1.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago