Vanita Oelschlager

The Pullman Porter [Vanita Oelschlager]

Children and adults under the age of 40 have forgotten about the Pullman Porter.

This book will teach children and adults, who the porters were and why they were so important in our history. Porters worked in early train cars and because they traveled the country and learned much, many Pullman porters became leaders back in their home communities. They would read newspapers, listen to conversations, talk among each other and see the transitions rapidly changing the country in the decades after the Civil War. He eventually landed at the forefront of the civil rights movement.

My thoughts on the book: The Pullman Porter – An American Journey is a very instructive children’s book about the unexpected role of Pullman Porters in the American history. Not only did they help millions of American explore the vast continent, but they also contributed to kickstart the Civil Rights Movements later led by Martin Luther King Jr.

This beautifully illustrated children’s book describes how ex-slaves managed to grow and offer a better future to their families thanks to this job that took them to many parts of the country and that also allowed them to be in contact with the upper class. They learned a lot from what they saw and heard, which led them to value education for their own children. That’s why the book teaches us that many former Pullman Porters have descendants who became doctors, lawyers or even actors!

It was a great idea to put together this children’s book and focus on these men who had a tough job despite their sleek appearance. It’s a great way to inform children and adults about this specific part of American history that deserves to be in the spotlight.

My score: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (=I loved it)

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