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Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights

Gretchen Sorin

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Liveright
03 April 2020
History; History of the Americas; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Social & cultural history; Black & Asian studies
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.
By:   Gretchen Sorin
Imprint:   Liveright
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   595g
ISBN:   9781631495694
ISBN 10:   1631495690
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   03 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gretchen Sorin is distinguished professor and director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York. She has curated innumerable exhibits-including with the Smithsonian, the Jewish Museum and the New York State Historical Association-and lives in upstate New York.

Reviews for Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights

Sorin's engaging account of black motoring exposes a rough road in race relations but also a technology's impact on black freedom. A great resource for people learning about black freedoms-and the fragility of those freedoms-in the automobile era and during the civil rights movement. -- Thomas J. Davis, Library Journal


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