The Colored Car
Gender, Trauma, and Uncanny Films in the Weimar Republic
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Wayne State University Press
Series: Great Lakes Books Series
Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
I offer my utmost gratitude to my mother, Jean Ford Fuqua, and my aunt, Maber Ford Hill, for their willingness to share more tales from their youth. All due appreciation to my editor, Kathryn Wildfong, for opening the door to this second volume in the Ford family story. (Kathy, you’re ...
The history of the struggle for civil rights in the United States—the attempt by African Americans to possess basic rights of American citizenship that were denied to them based upon racial discrimination—can be studied through ...
Mounds of ground-up onions, celery, cabbage, and sweet green peppers were piled high on the table in the middle of the summer kitchen— Patsy did not have to ask her mother what she was making. In the early weeks in July, it was the ...
2. The Baker Streetcar
The next morning, the girls were jammed in together between the dresser and the foot of the bed in their parents’ bedroom off the dining room. The heavy scent of their mother’s perfume—Desert Flowers—hung in the air as ...
3. Tickets to Clarksville
Patsy, Laura, and Jean found it hard to keep up with their mother’s brisk pace after they crossed Joseph Campau and began the walk down Halleck Street toward home. The midday sun beat down on them. Wet circles grew larger on ...
4. The Colored Car
5. Clarksville, Tennessee
Clarksville Station! Next stop Nashville. All aboard! “Baby, we’re here. Clarksville. Come on, honey, let’s go,” May Ford said to Patsy as she leaned close to her ear and touched her gently on the shoulder. Patsy opened her eyes and looked out the
6. A Thousand Jars
“Mama, these grapes don’t smell good. They smell funny,” Laura said as she struggled to hold the long broom handle, sweeping around the bushel of purple grapes her father had placed near the door to the summer kitchen. It was the last week in July—May Ford and ...
7. Twenty Squares
8. The Petition
It was mid-morning, it was hot, and it was humid. May Ford was in the summer kitchen cutting up string beans. It had been one week since May finished canning peaches, and now she was putting up string beans. Patsy sat at the quilt frame that had been ...
9. The Summons
10. Piano Lessons
“I’m finished, Mama,” Laura announced to her mother, getting up from the bench in front of the upright piano in the living room. May Ford stood in the kitchen doorway, cradling her right hand—still red from the scalding that ...
11. The Courtroom
The donkey saw was quiet that morning. Douglas Ford was not wearing work clothes and cutting wood outside in the wood yard. He was in the house, seated at the kitchen table, wearing his black suit and a black and gray striped tie. He smelled like shaving cream. He ...
12. Red Sky
It was late the next night and the house was quiet. In the bedroom off the kitchen shared by the three oldest sisters, Patsy was roused from her sleep by the smell of the kindling fired up in the wood-burning stove in the kitchen. But ...
13. The Quilt
The summer kitchen did not burn, but the building had what Douglas Ford told his children was called smoke damage. In the week after the fire, Douglas and May Ford washed down everything in the front and back rooms ...
The four Ford sisters all earned their bachelors and masters degrees and were educators in the Detroit Public Schools: Maber Ford Hill (Patsy) retired as an elementary school reading specialist; Marion Ford Thomas (Laura) retired ...
About the Author
Jean Alicia Elster (BA, University of Michigan; JD, University of Detroit School of Law) is the author of Who’s Jim Hines?—for ages 8 and older—published by Wayne State University Press (2008). Who’s Jim Hines? was selected as ...