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Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor


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. They refused to ride in "Jim Crow" railroad cars, fought for the right to hol ... More

Keywords: black mobility, transportation, segregation, Jim Crow, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469628578
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628578.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, author
Smith College