Lizzie Demands A Seat!

Lizzie Demands A Seat!

Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights

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One hundred years before Rosa Parks took her stand, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Jennings tried to board a streetcar in New York City on her way to church. Though there were plenty of empty seats, she was denied entry, assaulted, and threatened all because of her race--even though New York was a free state at that time. Lizzie decided to fight back. She told her story, took her case to court--where future president Chester Arthur represented her--and won! Her victory was the first recorded in the fight for equal rights on public transportation, and Lizzie's case set a precedent.
Publisher: New York :, Calkins Creek, an imprint of Boyds Mills & Kane,, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781629799391
Branch Call Number: J 323.092 Graha-A
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Lewis, Earl B. - Illustrator

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DBRL_ChrissJ Mar 05, 2021

101 years before there was Rosa Parks, there was Lizzie Jennings, a school teacher from New York City. Late for church, Ms. Jennings refused to get off a streetcar carrying white people. After the conductor and a police officer dragged her off, she sued and won $225 (worth about $7,000 today).

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