2.20.2011

jim crow and resistance in olde new york

I will try not to overdo the Disunion posts, but I can't promise anything. This entry is worthy of Howard Zinn: "Jim Crow on West Broadway". There was always resistance! Meet Charles Sanders and Elizabeth Jennings, 19th Century forerunners of Rosa Parks, along with the organizing efforts of black New Yorkers, and a Georgia man who refused to chop wood, declaring that since Lincoln had been elected, he was now free.

Go read. Try not to get distracted by that house for sale on West 9th Street. At one time that would have topped my lottery list.

2 comments:

allan said...

Remarkably, the judge decided in favor of Jennings, awarded her damages of $250 and decreed that transit companies were “bound to carry all respectable persons” regardless of race.

Jeez, Times, include the name of the judge!

Very interesting: "Jim Crow was ... born in the North and reached an advanced age before moving South in force"

(Bus drivers and subway conductors would probably like to have the use of whips again.)

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Wow, nice patio.

laura k said...

(Bus drivers and subway conductors would probably like to have the use of whips again.)

So would many subway passengers! The whips were for the horses. Not a good life, pulling trolleys.

Wow, nice patio.

Nice everything.