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Author Pryor, Elizabeth Stordeur, author.

Title Colored travelers : mobility and the fight for citizenship before the Civil War / Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor.

Publication Info. Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    323.1196 PRY    Available
Description xv, 218 pages ; 25 cm.
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Series The John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture
John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Nigger and home : an etymology -- Becoming mobile in the age of segregation -- Activist respectability and the birth of the "Jim Crow car" -- Documenting citizenship : colored travelers and the passport -- The Atlantic voyage and Black radicalism -- Abroad : sensing freedom.
Summary "Americans have long regarded the freedom of travel a central tenet of citizenship. Yet, in the United States, freedom of movement has historically been a right reserved for whites. In this book, Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor shows that African Americans fought obstructions to their mobility over 100 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus. These were "colored travelers," activists who relied on steamships, stagecoaches, and railroads to expand their networks and to fight slavery and racism. This book tells the story of how the basic act of traveling emerged as a front line in the battle for African American equal rights before the Civil War"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject African Americans -- Travel -- United States.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 19th century.
Freedom of movement -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Travel restrictions -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
ISBN 9781469628578 hardcover alkaline paper
1469628570 hardcover alkaline paper

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