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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1 NEW YORK: The Antebellum Roots of Segregation and Dissent
  2. pp. 15-32
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  1. 2 THE COLOR LINE AND THE LADIES’ CAR: Segregation on Southern Rails before Plessy
  2. pp. 33-50
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  1. 3 OUR PEOPLE, OUR PROBLEM?: Plessy and the Divided New Orleans
  2. pp. 51-86
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  1. 4 WHERE ARE OUR FRIENDS?: Crumbling Alliances and New Orleans Streetcar Boycott
  2. pp. 87-116
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  1. 5 WHO’S TO BLAME?: Maggie Lena Walker, John Mitchell Jr., and the Great Class Debate
  2. pp. 117-138
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  1. 6 NEGROES EVERYWHERE ARE WALKING: Work, Women, and the Richmond Streetcar Boycott
  2. pp. 139-164
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  1. 7 BATTLING JIM CROW’S BUZZARDS: Betrayal and the Savannah Streetcar Boycott
  2. pp. 165-194
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  1. 8 BEND WITH UNABATED PROTEST: On the Meaning of Failure
  2. pp. 195-200
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-232
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 233-246
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 247-256
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. 257-263
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469604107
Related ISBN
9780807833544
MARC Record
OCLC
656841471
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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