Book ID: CBB518023416

Jim Crow terminals: the desegregation of American airports (2017)


Anke Ortlepp (Author)

University of Georgia Press

Publication Date: 2017
Edition Details: Book Series: Politics and culture in the twentieth-century South
Physical Details: 207
Language: English

Historical accounts of racial discrimination in transportation have focused until now on trains, buses, and streetcars and their respective depots, terminals, stops, and other public accommodations. It is essential to add airplanes and airports to this narrative, says Anke Ortlepp. Air travel stands at the center of the twentieth century's transportation revolution, and airports embodied the rapidly mobilizing, increasingly prosperous, and cosmopolitan character of the postwar United States. When segregationists inscribed local definitions of whiteness and blackness onto sites of interstate and even international transit, they not only brought the incongruities of racial separation into sharp relief but also obligated the federal government to intervene. Ortlepp looks at African American passengers; civil rights organizations; the federal government and judiciary; and airport planners, architects, and managers as actors in shaping aviation's legal, cultural, and built environments. She relates the struggles of black travelers-to enjoy the same freedoms on the airport grounds that they enjoyed in the aircraft cabin-in the context of larger shifts in the postwar social, economic, and political order. Jim Crow terminals, Ortlepp shows us, were both spatial expressions of sweeping change and sites of confrontation over the renegotiation of racial identities. Hence, this new study situates itself in the scholarly debate over the multifaceted entanglements of "race" and "space."

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Review Bret Edwards (December 2018) Review of "Jim Crow terminals: the desegregation of American airports". The Journal of Transport History (pp. 406-408). unapi

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McBride, David
Fouché, Rayvon D.
Tuttle, Kelly
Laney, Monique
Greer, Brenna Wynn
Ellen C. Scott
American Quarterly
Chemical Heritage
Journal of American History
Railroad History
Technology's Stories
Rutgers University Press
The University of North Carolina Press
Yale University Library
University of Pennsylvania Press
University Press of Mississippi
African Americans
African Americans and science
Civil rights
Technology and race
Von Braun, Wernher
Davis, Allison
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
21st century
United States
Southern states (U.S.)
North America
Central America
Appalachian region (North America)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
New Deal (1933-1939)
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