Book Review: Driving While Black

Feb 26, 2021

History is full of moments where the mobility of African Americans was limited. Whether it be the shackles on their feet or the Jim Crow laws for public transport, they have lacked the complete freedom of travel. In Driving While Black, esteemed historian Gretchen Sorin shows us that the introduction of the automobile helped to bring more independence to the lives of African Americans. Not only did it give African Americans the freedom of the open road, but it also presented an escape from the dangers of racism on the streets. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.