Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance

Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance, by Mia BayA (Photo: NYTimes)
Recent books have explored the role of the car in Black American life, and though the automobile figures prominently in “Traveling Black,” Mia Bay situates it in the broader context of the various forms that mobility took after emancipation. She writes of how various forms of transportation, initially embraced by Black travelers for their potential to offer an escape from the degradation and dangers of the Jim Crow era, succumbed to the stubborn forces of segregation.اضافة اعلان

It’s a “superb history of mobility and resistance,” critic Jennifer Szalai wrote, in which “the question of literal movement becomes a way to understand the civil rights movement writ large.”