Pittsburgh and the Great Migration: Black Mobility and the Automobile

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An essential American freedom is the ability to come and go as one pleases, and the car is one of the great national liberators. The Great Migration of African Americans moving from the Jim Crow South to the industrial North was one of the largest demographic shifts in the nation’s history, and a burgeoning steel industry made Pittsburgh a key destination. With the advent of the affordable car in the early twentieth century, Black motorists could achieve a modicum of freedom and autonomy long sought after. Although discrimination, segregation and systems of racism plagued Black Pittsburghers during and after the emergence of the automobile, Black families finally could plan vacations, commute to work and build a middle class in the Steel City. The Frick Pittsburgh presents essays from Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, Kimberly Cady, Samuel W. Black, Ron Baraff, Joe William Trotter Jr., Mark Whitaker, Jonnet Solomon and Laurence A. Glasco on the role of the car in the Great Migration in Pittsburgh.
ISBN: 9781467153140
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Pennsylvania
Series: American Heritage
Images: 103
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
The Frick Pittsburgh offers authentic experiences with art, history and nature that inspire and delight. Visitors of all ages and backgrounds are warmly welcomed to explore collections of fine and decorative arts, vehicles, historic objects and buildings—including Clayton, the Frick family home and only intact Gilded Age mansion remaining from Pittsburgh’s Millionaire’s Row, left as a legacy to the people of Pittsburgh by Helen Clay Frick, daughter of noted industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick. Alongside these treasures, the Frick offers an active schedule of temporary exhibitions and programs on our ten-acre garden campus in the heart of Pittsburgh’s East End. Information about the Frick Pittsburgh is available online at TheFrickPittsburgh.org.
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