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

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Price
$28.95  $26.63
Publisher
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
Pages
352
Dimensions
5.9 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781631495694

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About the Author

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

Driving While Black also chronicles the rise of car culture in tandem with rock 'n' roll music (Chuck Berry loved his Cadillacs), as well as the vast network of black-friendly establishments outlined in the popular Green Book. Feeling gassed up yet? Grab this book to-go and get to reading.--Matt Gifford, BookPage
Driving While Black is painful, poignant, and powerful. White America cannot imagine being unwelcomed and unwanted in stopping for a meal or a motel room on a long trip. But the fact is that this was for decades the harsh reality for millions of our fellow citizens. Through compelling and extensive interviews, illustrations, and evidence, Gretchen Sorin has meticulously documented yet another disturbing aspect of racism in our national life.--Kenneth T. Jackson, Barzun Professor of History, Columbia University
With chronological sweep and intimate detail, Gretchen Sorin takes us on an unsettling road trip, showing us how African American travelers met with indignities, discrimination, and violence, and how they fought for their basic dignity. From the famous Green Book to black-run lakeside resorts, Sorin offers a powerful revision of the romance of roadside Americana.--Thomas J. Sugrue, author of Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North
This is the first authoritative book about the actual social, economic, and political history of African-Americans and cars. Sorin's accessible style invites the reader see how the open road looked from black people's points of view. Interspersed with anecdotes and family stories, her history is authoritative, pungent, and personal. This volume is a ground-breaking roadmap of the black experience behind the wheel.--Fath Davis Ruffins, Curator, National Museum of American History
The sweeping story of African Americans and automobiles--a tale of mobility and mobilization that helped fuel the Civil Rights Movement.--Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian
Lucidly written and generously illustrated with photos and artifacts, this rigorous and entertaining history deserves a wide readership.--Publishers Weekly [starred review]
A riveting story on how the automobile opened up opportunities for blacks in the U.S.... In Sorin's work, her prose and talent for turning examples into captivating stories prevent the book from being a mere sociological study of how black travel changed the nation. Instead, she blends her own family's history, and those who experienced the black travel revolution, to make the book enjoyable and noteworthy since it shows how the changes ushered in civil rights.--Russell Contreras, Associated Press
This excellent history illuminates how car ownership provided a measure of safety and independence and also played a vital role in the civil-rights movement.
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.
Driving While Black also chronicles the rise of car culture in tandem with rock 'n' roll music (Chuck Berry loved his Cadillacs), as well as the vast network of black-friendly establishments outlined in the popular Green Book. Feeling gassed up yet? Grab this book to-go and get to reading.--Matt Gifford, BookPage
Driving While Black is painful, poignant, and powerful. White America cannot imagine being unwelcomed and unwanted in stopping for a meal or a motel room on a long trip. But the fact is that this was for decades the harsh reality for millions of our fellow citizens. Through compelling and extensive interviews, illustrations, and evidence, Gretchen Sorin has meticulously documented yet another disturbing aspect of racism in our national life.--Kenneth T. Jackson, Barzun Professor of History, Columbia University