A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter

by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

The authors combined in-depth research from primary and secondary sources to provide... read more

The authors combined in-depth research from primary and secondary sources to provide an uncompromising account of the history of African-Americans who worked as porters aboard George Pullman's luxury sleeping cars. While the first generation of porters were newly freed from slavery and grateful for work, poor working conditions and mistreatment at the hands of management led succeeding generations to unite in a struggle for better pay and fair treatment, under the leadership of A. Philip Randolph. Songs, stories, first-person accounts and numerous black-and-white photographs accompany the narrative which is unique in its content. (Age 11 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1989

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