Black Activist Respectability and the Birth of the “Jim Crow” Car

Not only did Black activists make it respectable to fight back in public, they also reframed the discourse by claiming that the railroad men who obstructed their traveling were not simply rude or heartless, but criminal.

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The story of how “Jim Crow” segregation was invented on the railroads in the antebellum North and how Black activists fought back, thus setting the stage for equal rights protest in the United States.


African American Antebellum

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Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor

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