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Rising from the Rails Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class

ISBN-10: 0805078509
ISBN-13: 9780805078503
Edition: N/A
Authors: Larry Tye
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 6/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

"A lively and engaging chronicle that adds yet another dimension to the historical record." -The Boston Globe When George Pullman began recruiting Southern blacks as porters in his luxurious new sleeping cars, the former slaves suffering under Jim Crow laws found his offer of a steady job and worldly experience irresistable. They quickly signed up to serve as maid, waiter, concierge, nanny, and occasionally doctor and undertaker to cars full of white passengers, making the Pullman Company the largest employer of African Americans in the country by the 1920s. Drawing on extensive interviews with dozens of porters and their descendants, Larry Tye reconstructs the complicated world of the Pullman porter and the vital cultural, political, and economic roles they played as forerunners of the modern black middle class. Rising from the Rails provides a lively and enlightening look at this important social phenomenon.

Larry Tye is a medical writer at The Boston Globe where he has won numerous awards for his work. He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and is the author of The Father of Spin, a biography of public relations pioneer Edward L. Bernays. His latest biography is called Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend.

Preface
Out of Bondage, All Aboard
Rough Rides, Intimate Encounters
My Name's Not George
Saint Philip and the Battle for Brotherhood
Behind the Mask
Train to Freedom
A Legacy That Lasts
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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