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Highway History

The Road to Civil Rights

Table of Contents

Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, "Wait." But when . . . you take a cross country drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you . . . then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait.

Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 16, 1963

  1. Introduction
  2. Dred Scott vs. Sandford
  3. Underground Railroad
  4. Introducing Jim Crow
  5. The League of American Wheelmen
  6. Marshall "Major" Taylor
  7. Plessy v. Ferguson
  8. William A. Grant
  9. Woodrow Wilson
  10. The Black Migration
  11. Pullman Porters
  12. The International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
  13. The Davis-Bacon Act
  14. Adapting Transportation to Jim Crow
  15. The 1941 March on Washington
  16. World War II - The Alaska Highway
  17. World War II - The Red Ball Express
  18. The Family Vacation
  19. Journey of Reconciliation
  20. President Harry S. Truman and Civil Rights
  21. South of Freedom
  22. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
  23. Too Tired to Move
  24. When Rulings Don't Count
  25. Boynton v. Virginia (1960)
  26. Freedom Riders
  27. Completing the Freedom Ride
  28. A Night of Fear
  29. Justice in Jackson
  30. Waiting for the ICC
  31. The ICC Ruling
  32. End of a Transition Year
  33. Getting to the March on Washington
  34. The Civil Rights Act of 1964
  35. The Voting Rights March
  36. The Pettus Bridge
  37. Across the Bridge
  38. The Voting Rights Act of 1965
  39. March Against Fear
  40. The Poor People's Campaign
  41. Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  42. Completing the Poor People's Campaign
  43. Bureau of Public Roads - Transition
  44. Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
  45. Rodney E. Slater - Beyond the Dreams
  46. References
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