Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York by Amy Hill Hearth

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Read Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York Online Free - Bestselling author and journalist Amy Hill Hearth uncovers the story of a little-known figure in U.S. history in this fascinating biography. In 1854, a young African American woman named Elizabeth Jennings won a major victory against a New York City streetcar company, a first step in the process of desegregating public transportation in Manhattan.

This illuminating and important piece of the history of the fight for equal rights, illustrated with photographs and archival material from the period, will engage fans of Phillip Hoose’s Claudette Colvin and Steve Sheinkin’s Most Dangerous.

One hundred years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, Elizabeth Jennings’s refusal to leave a segregated streetcar in the Five Points neighborhood of Manhattan set into motion a major court case in New York City.

On her way to church one day in July 1854, Elizabeth Jennings was refused a seat on a streetcar. When she took her seat anyway, she was bodily removed by the conductor and a nearby police officer and returned home bruised and injured. With the support of her family, the African American abolitionist community of New York, and Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Jennings took her case to court. Represented by a young lawyer named Chester A. Arthur (a future president of the United States) she was victorious, marking a major victory in the fight to desegregate New York City’s public transportation.

Amy Hill Hearth, bestselling author of Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, illuminates a lesser-known benchmark in the struggle for equality in the United States, while painting a vivid picture of the diverse Five Points neighborhood of Manhattan in the mid-1800s.

Includes sidebars, extensive illustrative material, notes, and an index.

Title : Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York
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ISBN : 0062673602
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 160 pages


Ms. rated it ★★★★☆

November 19, 2017

E ARC from Edelweiss Plus One hundred years before Rosa Parks' experiences with segregated transportation, Elizabeth Jennings fought her own battle with the segregated streetcars in New York City. While black men and women were free in many parts of the north at this time, there was still a lot of...

Melinda rated it ★★★☆☆

January 12, 2018

Quick and interesting middle grade nonfiction. What makes the book particularly special, I think, is its joint focus on Jennings' story AND on how stories like hers can be virtually lost to history (and later uncovered). I think some kids will be fascinated by the idea that they, too, can discove...

Beth rated it ★★★★★

January 23, 2018

I can see why Amy Hill Hearth is a New York Times best-selling author. This book is multifaceted, containing layers of information, giving a broad picture of the history of the time and its impact on the present. One thing that struck my interest was how the author came to write the book and the...

Margie rated it ★★★★☆

February 01, 2018

Before there was Rosa Parks in Alabama, there was Elizabeth Jennings in New York City. In 1854 Elizabeth wanted to get to church where she was accompanist for the choir. At the time there was a very convoluted system of which streetcars African Americans could ride and when, however there were al...

Sarah rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 27, 2017

I received this through Edelweiss. This tells the story of basically unknown Elizabeth Jennings, an African American women, who challenged unfair laws in the late 1800s. When Jennings was violently forced off of a streetcar for being African American, she fought back legally, in hopes of changing...

Elizabeth rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 26, 2017

I appreciate learning more about historical figures lost to time. I give credit that I'm reading an uncorrected proof, so the grammatical errors and blank captions are understandable. But I'm baffled by the dry writing, wasted space, and the 38 pages at the end that are either bibliography or com...

Yvette rated it ★★★★★

January 15, 2018

Amy Hill Hearth brings to life this little-known story of a fascinating, historical figure. The tale of how Elizabeth Jennings stood firm against racial injustice and discrimination takes place one hundred years before Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement. Hearth includes much of her research...

Stephanie rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 10, 2018

I'm glad to learn about Elizabeth Jennings and her lawsuit against the New York streetcar company that forcibly and violently cast her off of a streetcar in 1854. Sadly, the writing is dry and the story of her experience is overwhelmed by related historical information. I don't know if kids will...

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