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Rising From The Rails Pullman Porters And The Making Of The Black Middle Class (Paperback)

Author:  Larry Tye
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0805078509
ISBN-13: 9780805078503
Sku: 31051002
Publish Date: 5/1/2005
Pages:  352
Age Range:  NA
A fascinating social history describes how, in the 1920s, the largest employer of African-American men in the country became the Pullman company, which hired former slaves as sleeping car porters, creating a unique culture of language, lore, and legend that blazed a path for a black middle class. Reprint. 25,000 first printing. *Author: Tye, Larry *Subtitle: Pullman Porters And The Making Of The Black Middle Class *Publication Date: 2005/05/01 *Number of Pages: 314 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
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"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.


Black Issues Book Review
"The book's strongest chapters come in the center, where Tye does an impressive job of outlining the daily lives of the porters and the ridiculous attention to detail that the opulent setting required." March/April 2005

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