By Streamliner from Ny to Fl: New York to Florida Paperback – January 1, 2002
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- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 094411914X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0944119143
- Dimensions : 8.75 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Publisher : Motorbooks Intl (January 1, 2002)
- Language: : English
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Negroes were forced to eat at two tables behind a curtain next to the steaming hot kitchen on the CHAMPION and SILVER METEOR. Even after President Truman issued a mandate ordering diners to desegregate in 1948 dining car stewards still resisted seating black and white passengers at the same table.
The COLORED coach was coupled behind the engine and often isolated from the rest of the train by baggage cars or sleepers.
White conductors were always running me out of lounge cars on the ROYAL PALM and WEST COAST CHAMPION after I bought a curvy green bottle of Coca Cola and sat down to read the Railway Guide (BIBLE).
Black workers were relegated to the lowest paying and most physically abusive jobs on the railroad. Conductor or Engineer was a WHITE man's job.
By the late 50's most Coast Line and Seaboard stations and trains had been integrated by court orders and ICC rulings but racial discrimination on the rails persisted until passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Affirmative Action in the 70's.