Download e-book for kindle: Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship by Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor

By Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor

ISBN-10: 1469628570

ISBN-13: 9781469628578

american citizens have lengthy looked the liberty of go back and forth a critical guideline of citizenship. but, within the usa, freedom of move has traditionally been a correct reserved for whites. during this e-book, Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor exhibits that African american citizens fought obstructions to their mobility over a hundred years prior to Rosa Parks refused to renounce her seat on a Montgomery bus. those have been "colored travelers," activists who depended on steamships, stagecoaches, and railroads to extend their networks and to struggle slavery and racism. They refused to experience in "Jim Crow" railroad vehicles, fought for the precise to carry a U.S. passport (and citizenship), and through their transatlantic voyages, verified their radical abolitionism. by means of targeting the myriad recommendations of black protest, together with the assertions of gendered freedom and citizenship, this ebook tells the tale of the way the fundamental act of touring emerged as a entrance line within the conflict for African American equivalent rights prior to the Civil War.

Drawing on exhaustive learn from U.S. and British newspapers, journals, narratives, and letters, in addition to firsthand bills of such figures as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and William Wells Brown, Pryor illustrates how, within the quest for citizenship, coloured tourists built principles approximately respectability and challenged racist ideologies that made black mobility a crime.

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