Explain the method used by Kelley to make her argu

Explain the method used by Kelley to make her arguments. (i.e. does she use biographies, etc.?) This response does not need a page citation.

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Directions: Please answer the following questions using the information from Right to Ride. For all responses, provide page citations at the end of each response (location citations are fine as well for the online book). The length of each response should be between 2-4 sentences.

  1. Identify the primary argument(s) being made by Kelley.
  2. Explain the method used by Kelley to make her arguments. (i.e. does she use biographies, etc.?) This response does not need a page citation. 
  3. The term “nadir” is used to describe the generation of African Americans at the turn of the century. What does this term mean and what are Kelley’s thoughts on applying this term to this generation?
  4. What were the conclusions made by August Meier and Elliot Rudwick’s articles in the 1960s?
  5. Where does Kelley argue segregation began? Why is this significant?
  6. When was the “Jim Crow” car first introduced and what was the purpose given for this railcar?
  7. Discuss the events surrounding Elizabeth Jenkins. What was the central argument to her case and what did her case ultimately highlight about African American communities?
  8. What arguments were being made in the New York Daily Times following the case of Elizabeth Jennings? How were these arguments similar to those of Booker T. Washington?
  9. Describe the rail accommodations for African Americans in the south following the Civil War.
  10. Were railcars strictly segregated in the South? Explain your response with examples from the book.
  11. Why were African American women denied the similar rights to “gentility” as white women?
  12. How did working-class African Americans protect themselves on the railcars? What were some of the complications that arose through this method?
  13. How did Afro-Creoles complicate the issue of segregation in New Orleans? 
  14. What suggestion did George Washington Gable offer for the city of New Orleans and why?
  15. How does Kelley describe the background to the case of Homer Plessy v. Ferguson? What are your thoughts on the extent of the “test-case.”
  16. What was the argument made by the Supreme Court in the Plessy case?
  17. Kelley argues that the Plessy case was meaningful in two ways. Summarize her arguments.
  18. Describe the segregated conditions on a New Orleans streetcar.
  19. What groups/institutions were active in the New Orleans boycott?
  20. Why was the New Orleans boycott eventually unsuccessful?
  21. How was word of the boycott in Richmond, Virginia spread?
  22. In what ways did the Richmond boycott link race to social and moral codes?
  23. According to Kelley, how did upper-class African Americans undermine the boycott in Richmond?
  24. Why does focusing her scholarship on Mitchell and female activist Walker move Kelley’s scholarship away from the articles written by Meier and Rudwick in the 1960s?
  25. What precipitated the streetcar boycott in Savannah, Georgia in the fall of 1906? 
  26. What argument was made against streetcar companies by the Black churches and secular organizations in Savannah? Why is this historically significant?
  27. What events caused the boycott in Savannah to fail? Why were African Americans fearful to continue the boycott?
  28. The boycotts at the turn of the century represented an age of fear and elusive negotiation. How do they also represent a redefining moment in scholarship about Civil Rights?
  29. In what ways did reading this book alter your perceptions about African Americans during this time period?    

Grading Criteria for Book Assessment 

Grade Reasoning
45-50 Fully answers all questions with the use of relevant and significant information.  Answers are original. Provides clear and accurate citations.  
40-44 Answers most questions with adequate evidence and information. Answers are original. Provides citations.  
35-39 Answers many questions with some evidence provided, but does not elaborate. Answers are original. Provides few or no citations.  
30-34 Missing a many questions and key arguments from the book. Has inaccurate information from the book.  Answers are original. Provides few or no citations.  
0-33 Missing a significant number of questions. Off Topic or no effort present. Answers show evidence of plagiarism. No citations given.  
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