By Bill Gunston

ISBN-10: 0668054972

ISBN-13: 9780668054973

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Conductors continued to eject black passengers, even without the force of law. ∑∞ The Jennings decision is nearly forgotten in the history of black resistance to Jim Crow. But the case highlights a central challenge in the battle for black citizenship. Jennings’s e√orts to simply sit inside a streetcar as a paying passenger remind us of the di≈culties of stigma in a postemancipation society. ∑≤ Even in a locality that voluntarily agreed to gradually free its slaves, the majority of whites were less than sympathetic to the conditions facing free people and refused to treat black citizens as equals in schools, at the ballot box, or on the railcar.

The incident and legal case pitted Jennings against a vague and discriminatory policy that privileged the preferences of white conductors over the rights of African American riders. After hailing one streetcar, Jennings, who was late for an engagement at the church, was told that there was no more room on the car and that she would need to get o√ and ‘‘wait for the next car,’’ which had been set aside for black use. When she looked inside the first car, however, she saw only eight passengers, leaving more than enough room for Jennings and Adams.

Conductors continued to eject black passengers, even without the force of law. ∑∞ The Jennings decision is nearly forgotten in the history of black resistance to Jim Crow. But the case highlights a central challenge in the battle for black citizenship. Jennings’s e√orts to simply sit inside a streetcar as a paying passenger remind us of the di≈culties of stigma in a postemancipation society. ∑≤ Even in a locality that voluntarily agreed to gradually free its slaves, the majority of whites were less than sympathetic to the conditions facing free people and refused to treat black citizens as equals in schools, at the ballot box, or on the railcar.

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