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Lizzie demands a seat! : Elizabeth Jennings fights for streetcar rights / Beth Anderson ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis.

Anderson, Beth, 1954- (author.). Lewis, Earl B., (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library J AND (Text) 33500013215827 New Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library J AND (Text) 33500013215835 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781629799391
  • ISBN: 1629799394
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Calkins Creek, an imprint of Boyds Mills & Kane, [2020]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.:
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.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #2
    *Starred Review* In 1854, a young Black church organist named Elizabeth "Lizzie" Jennings boarded a horse-drawn streetcar in New York City. The conductor objected, insisting that she wait for another streetcar, one displaying a "Colored People Allowed" sign. As a crowd of pedestrians gathered, he relented, delivering a stern warning. When Jennings objected to his rudeness, he dragged her across the platform and dropped her to the curb. She boarded the car again, but the conductor hailed a police officer, who forced her off. A passenger gave Jennings his card, offering to be a witness in court. Though similar legal cases had failed, Jennings sued the streetcar company and won the case, inspiring some of her contemporaries to stand up for their rights as well. An informative author's note describes Jennings' family background in the abolitionist movement, her court case, and her place in civil-rights history. Anderson's vivid, well-researched narrative includes dialogue that "closely follows" accounts of Jennings' experience that appeared in newspapers at the time. Using brighter hues than his usual palette, Lewis creates a series of vibrant, expressive watercolor paintings that transports viewers back in time, while portraying characters as distinct individuals. A memorable picture book introducing a nineteenth-century defender of civil rights. Grades 2-4. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Beth Anderson, a former teacher, combines her love of writing with the joys of discovery and learning in her narrative nonfiction and historical fiction picture books. Visit

E.B. Lewis is an award-winning illustrator and fine artist who has illustrated over seventy books for children. He teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Visit

Subject: Graham, Elizabeth Jennings, 1827-1901 > Juvenile literature.
African American women > New York (State) > New York > Biography > Juvenile literature.
African Americans > New York (State) > New York > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Civil rights workers > New York (State) > New York > Biography > Juvenile literature.
African Americans > Civil rights > New York (State) > New York > History > 19th century > Juvenile literature.
Segregation in transportation > New York (State) > New York > History > 19th century > Juvenile literature.
African American teachers > Biography > Juvenile literature.
New York (State) > Race relations > Juvenile literature.
New York (State) > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Illustrated children's books.
Graham, Elizabeth Jennings, 1827-1901.
Civil rights workers.
African American women.
African American teachers.
African Americans.
African Americans > Civil rights.
Segregation in transportation.
New York (State) > Race relations.
New York (State) > Biography.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism.
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American.
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877).
African American teachers.
African American women.
African Americans.
African Americans > Civil rights.
Civil rights workers.
Illustrated children's books.
Race relations.
Segregation in transportation.
New York (State)
New York (State) > New York.
Genre: Picture books for children.
Informational works.
Juvenile works.
Picture books.
Picture books.
Informational works.

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