Streetcar to Justice by Amy Hill Hearth

Streetcar to Justice

Amy Hill Hearth uncovers the story of a little-known figure in U.S. history in this biography. In 1854, a young African American woman named Elizabeth Jennings won a major victory against a New York City streetcar company, a first step in the process of desegregating public transportation in Manhattan.One hundred years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, Elizabeth Jennings’s refusal to leave a segregat...

Details Streetcar to Justice

TitleStreetcar to Justice
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherGreenwillow Books
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Childrens, Historical, History, Middle Grade

Reviews Streetcar to Justice

  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusOne hundred years before Rosa Parks' experiences with segregated transportation, Elizabeth Jennings fought her own battle with the segregated streetcars in New York City. While black men and women were free in many parts of the north at this time, there was still a lot of fear because of the practice of slavery in the south. Jennings was a "respectable woman" who attempted to ride a street car to her church with a friend....
  • Melinda
    Quick and interesting middle grade nonfiction. What makes the book particularly special, I think, is its joint focus on Jennings' story AND on how stories like hers can be virtually lost to history (and later uncovered). I think some kids will be fascinated by the idea that they, too, can discover a great historical mystery.
  • Beth Clark
    I can see why Amy Hill Hearth is a New York Times best-selling author. This book is multifaceted, containing layers of information, giving a broad picture of the history of the time and its impact on the present. One thing that struck my interest was how the author came to write the book and the process she used to ferret out little known information. She saw an abandoned house that interested her, discovered it belonged to President Chester Arth...
  • Margie
    Before there was Rosa Parks in Alabama, there was Elizabeth Jennings in New York City. In 1854 Elizabeth wanted to get to church where she was accompanist for the choir. At the time there was a very convoluted system of which streetcars African Americans could ride and when, however there were also exceptions to the rules. Elizabeth tried to capitalize on the exceptions but was literally thrown off the streetcar she tried to board. Thus starts a ...
  • Sarah
    I received this through Edelweiss. This tells the story of basically unknown Elizabeth Jennings, an African American women, who challenged unfair laws in the late 1800s. When Jennings was violently forced off of a streetcar for being African American, she fought back legally, in hopes of changing the law and fighting for equality. This early equality fighter challenged her time and even though she slipped through the public's knowledge, her actio...
  • Elizabeth
    I appreciate learning more about historical figures lost to time. I give credit that I'm reading an uncorrected proof, so the grammatical errors and blank captions are understandable. But I'm baffled by the dry writing, wasted space, and the 38 pages at the end that are either bibliography or completely blank. This is meant for children, but they will be really bored. The historical facts could have been worked into the narrative to make it more ...
  • Yvette
    Amy Hill Hearth brings to life this little-known story of a fascinating, historical figure. The tale of how Elizabeth Jennings stood firm against racial injustice and discrimination takes place one hundred years before Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement. Hearth includes much of her research via comprehensive notes and references. This book is a must-have for anyone, young or old, who is interested in the origins of civil rights in America.
  • Stephanie Tournas
    I'm glad to learn about Elizabeth Jennings and her lawsuit against the New York streetcar company that forcibly and violently cast her off of a streetcar in 1854. Sadly, the writing is dry and the story of her experience is overwhelmed by related historical information. I don't know if kids will pick this up.