Driving While Black

ebook African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights

By Gretchen Sorin

cover image of Driving While Black

Sign up to save your library

With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts.

   Not today
Libby_app_icon.svg

Find this title in Libby, the library reading app by OverDrive.

app-store-button-en.svg play-store-badge-en.svg
LibbyApponDevice.png

Search for a digital library with this title

Title found at these libraries:

Loading...

Bloomberg • Best Nonfiction Books of 2020: "[A] tour de force."

The basis of a major PBS documentary by Ric Burns, this "excellent history" (The New Yorker) reveals how the automobile fundamentally changed African American life.

Driving While Black demonstrates that the car—the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility—has always held particular importance for African Americans, allowing black families to evade the dangers presented by an entrenched racist society and to enjoy, in some measure, the freedom of the open road. Melding new archival research with her family's story, Gretchen Sorin recovers a lost history, demonstrating how, when combined with black travel guides—including the famous Green Book—the automobile encouraged a new way of resisting oppression.

Available to buy

Driving While Black