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An engaging social history that reveals the critical role Pullman porters played in the struggle for African American civil rights 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 irresistible. 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 American men in the country by the 1920s. In the world of the Pullman sleeping car, where whites and blacks lived in close proximity, porters developed a unique culture marked by idiosyncratic language, railroad lore, and shared experience. They called difficult passengers "Mister Charlie"; exchanged stories about Daddy Jim, the legendary first Pullman porter; and learned to distinguish generous tippers such as Humphrey Bogart from skinflints like Babe Ruth. At the same time, they played important social, political, and economic roles, carrying jazz and blues to outlying areas, forming America's first black trade union, and acting as forerunners of the modern black middle class by virtue of their social position and income. 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.

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Genre: History
Author: Larry Tye
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Release: 2005-06-01
File: 336 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781466818750

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Describes how the Pullman Company hired former slaves as sleeping car porters and became the largest employer of African American men in the country by the 1920s, creating a unique culture that blazed a path for a black middle class.

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Genre: History
Author: Larry Tye
Publisher: Macmillan
Release: 2005-06
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 0805078509

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Describes how the Pullman Company hired former slaves as sleeping car porters and became the largest employer of African American men in the country by the 1920s, creating a unique culture that blazed a path for a black middle class.

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Genre: History
Author: Larry Tye
Publisher: Macmillan
Release: 2004-07-06
File: 314 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780805070750

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The moving story of the courage and solidarity that helped shape the history of African Americans explains how the actions of the train workers fraternity helped change the way of labor and the civil rights movement in this country. Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. Reprint.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Pat McKissack
Publisher: Walker & Company
Release: 1995
File: 158 Pages
ISBN-13: 0802774377

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Surveys the African American railroad experience, from the work of slaves who laid rail and the activism of the famous Pullman Porters to the lives of current black railroad employees and passengers.

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Genre: History
Author: Theodore Kornweibel
Publisher:
Release: 2010-02-26
File: 557 Pages
ISBN-13: NWU:35556039331368

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A powerful journey of a black man's dreams and dilemmas, fears and perseverance. Cerebral and racy, historical and reflective, "Hey boy! Hey George!" The Pullman Porter chronicles Kirvin's experience as a Pullman porter during WWII. Some viewed Pullman porters as prestigious breadwinners, while others viewed them as glorified servants, but what was it really like to deliver a standard of excellence while trying to survive and earn a living under Jim Crow segregation laws? Experience Kirvin's challenges firsthand, then decide for yourself.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Johnnie F. Kirvin
Publisher:
Release: 2010-01-12
File: 218 Pages
ISBN-13: 1439262314

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An epic and revelatory narrative of the most important transportation technology of the modern world In his wide-ranging and entertaining new book, Tom Zoellner—coauthor of the New York Times–bestselling An Ordinary Man—travels the globe to tell the story of the sociological and economic impact of the railway technology that transformed the world—and could very well change it again. From the frigid trans-Siberian railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to the Japanese-style bullet trains, Zoellner offers a stirring story of this most indispensable form of travel. A masterful narrative history, Train also explores the sleek elegance of railroads and their hypnotizing rhythms, and explains how locomotives became living symbols of sex, death, power, and romance.

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Genre: Transportation
Author: Tom Zoellner
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2014-01-30
File: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780698151390

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Genre: Medical
Author: Amit Gilboa
Publisher:
Release: 1998
File: 189 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015038394139

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The Epic New York Times Bestseller Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award A New York Times Notable Book Winner of the Texas Book Award Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award This stunning historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West “is nothing short of a revelation…will leave dust and blood on your jeans” (The New York Times Book Review). Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches. Although readers may be more familiar with the tribal names Apache and Sioux, it was in fact the legendary fighting ability of the Comanches that determined when the American West opened up. Comanche boys became adept bareback riders by age six; full Comanche braves were considered the best horsemen who ever rode. They were so masterful at war and so skillful with their arrows and lances that they stopped the northern drive of colonial Spain from Mexico and halted the French expansion westward from Louisiana. White settlers arriving in Texas from the eastern United States were surprised to find the frontier being rolled backward by Comanches incensed by the invasion of their tribal lands. The war with the Comanches lasted four decades, in effect holding up the development of the new American nation. Gwynne’s exhilarating account delivers a sweeping narrative that encompasses Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, the destruction of the buffalo herds, and the arrival of the railroads, and the amazing story of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son Quanah—a historical feast for anyone interested in how the United States came into being. Hailed by critics, S. C. Gwynne’s account of these events is meticulously researched, intellectually provocative, and, above all, thrillingly told. Empire of the Summer Moon announces him as a major new writer of American history.

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Genre: History
Author: S. C. Gwynne
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2010-05-25
File: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781416597155

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A fellow musician's interesting insight into the beginning of Ozzy Osbourne's solo career and his relationship with Sharon Osbourne. This exciting biography also clears a lot of misinformation and bogus theories circulating around the late, great, guitar virtuoso Randy Rhoads' life and death. Written by journeyman rock bassist Rudy Sarzo, this is a first hand account of Rudy's experience on the road with Ozzy and his Blizzard of Ozz band. This is the book Sharon Osbourne doesn't want you to read.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Rudy Sarzo
Publisher: Too Smart Publications
Release: 2008-08-01
File: 265 Pages
ISBN-13: 097969289X

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