November 2013 Featured Book: Rising from the Rails

November Theme is Non-Fiction

Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class by Larry Tye (352 pages)

"A lively and engaging chronicle that adds yet another dimension to the historical record."-The Boston Globe

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 Americans in the country by the 1920s.

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. 

Where You Can Get The Book:  
Amazon: Hardback, Paperback, and eBook 
Barnes and Nobles: Hardback, Paperback, and eBook 
Apple Store: eBook 
Miami-Dade Public Library (MDPLS): Paperback/Hardback (9 Copies) 
Broward County Library (BCL): Paperback/Hardback (12 Copies)

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