Streetcar To Justice: Elizabeth Jennings Graham And The Civil Rights Case That Shook New York

Hardcover | January 2, 2018

byAmy Hill Hearth

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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 civil rights case in New York City. On her way to church one morning in July 1854, Elizabeth Jennings Graham 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 father, 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 step toward desegregating 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 Civil Rights movement while painting a vivid picture of the diverse Five Points neighborhood of Manhattan in the mid-1800s. This compelling biography will engage fans of Phillip Hoose’s Claudette Colvin and Steve Sheinkin’s Most Dangerous.

Includes sidebars, extensive illustrative material, and significant backmatter.

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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 civil rights case in New York City. On her way to church one morning in July 1854, Elizabeth Jennings Graham w...

Amy Hill Hearth is a New York Times bestselling author and a Peabody Award winner. She has written two novels and seven nonfiction books, including Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years. Having Our Say was turned into a popular Broadway play and a television movie. She is also the co-author of Know Your Power, Representat...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:January 2, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062673602

ISBN - 13:9780062673602

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