240 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 28 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6392-0
Published: February 2021
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2857-8
Published: November 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2858-5
Published: October 2016
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Drawing on exhaustive research from U.S. and British newspapers, journals, narratives, and letters, as well as firsthand accounts of such figures as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and William Wells Brown, Pryor illustrates how, in the quest for citizenship, colored travelers constructed ideas about respectability and challenged racist ideologies that made black mobility a crime.
About the Author
Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor is assistant professor of history at Smith College.
For more information about Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, visit the Author Page.
“Contains an unprecedentedly rich trove of evidence about black people’s experiences and understandings of travel before the Civil War.”--New England Quarterly
"Proves once again that there is absolutely no break in American history from before America's founding to the present day when it comes to Civil War and Civil Rights."--Salvatore Cilella, Civil War News
"[A] seminal work. . . . An original contribution to historiography of the 19th century, this work will engage everyone from legal scholars to general readers, and is especially recommended to those interested in the antebellum era and African American history."--Library Journal, Starred Review
“The book’s strength is its comprehension of the civic component of these prolonged public travails. Highly recommended.”--Choice
“Offers meaningful insights and an original analysis regarding the precariousness of black movement—a topic relevant to Americans in the twenty-first century.”--Journal of Southern History
“Pryor argues persuasively that the abusive and discriminatory treatment meted out to African Americans in the “free” North was more about subordination than it was about blackness.”--The Journal of American History