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Driving while black : African American travel and the road to civil rights

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First edition.

"How the automobile fundamentally changed African American life-the true history beyond the Best Picture-winning movie. 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"--

Available copies

  • 13 of 22 copies available at Westchester Library System.

Current holds

2 current holds with 22 total copies.
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Due Date
Mount Pleasant Public Library 323.11 S (Text)
New Book
31024153644649
Available
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Mount Vernon Public Library 323.11 S (Text)
New Nonfiction
31018155320729
Available
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North Castle Public Library 323.1196 S (Text)
New Nonfiction
31001151953453
Available
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Ossining Public Library 323.1196 S (Text)
Nonfiction
31021153286728
Available
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Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library 323.11 S (Text)
New Nonfiction
31025152317855
Available
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Rye Free Reading Room TIMES - 323.11 SORIN (Text)
New Nonfiction
31028153019447
Available
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Warner Library 323.119 S (Text)
New Nonfiction
31033152138792
Checked out
08/13/2020
White Plains Public Library 323.1196 S (Text)
New Book
31544209960830
In transit
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Yonkers Grinton I. Will Library 323.11 S (Text)
New Nonfiction
31035613048601
Checked out
08/12/2020
Yonkers Grinton I. Will Library 323.11 S (Text)
Nonfiction
31035613049369
Available
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