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Author Sorin, Gretchen Sullivan, author.

Title Driving while black : African American travel and the road to civil rights / Gretchen Sorin.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2020]
Location Call No. Status
 95th Street Adult Nonfiction-NEW  323.1196073 SOR    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  323.1196073 SOR    AVAILABLE
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Description xviii, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-318) 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 "How the automobile fundamentally changed African American life-the true history beyond the Best Picture-winning movie. 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.
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.
ISBN 9781631495694 (hardcover)
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