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Overground railroad : The green book and the Roots of Black Travel in America  Cover Image Book Book

Overground railroad : The green book and the Roots of Black Travel in America / Candacy Taylor.

Taylor, Candacy. (Author).


The first book to explore the historical role and residual impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for black motorists. Published from 1936 to 1966, the Green Book was hailed as the "black travel guide to America." At that time, it was very dangerous and difficult for African-Americans to travel because black travelers couldn't eat, sleep, or buy gas at most white-owned businesses. The Green Book listed hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other businesses that were safe for black travelers. It was a resourceful and innovative solution to a horrific problem. It took courage to be listed in the Green Book, and 'Overground Railroad' celebrates the stories of those who put their names in the book and stood up against segregation. It shows the history of the Green Book, how we arrived at our present historical moment, and how far we still have to go when it comes to race relations in America.

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  • ISBN: 9781419738173
  • ISBN: 1419738178
  • Physical Description: 360 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Abrams Press, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: are we there yet? -- Driving while black -- The business of the Green Book -- The fight -- A license to leave -- All aboard -- Vacation -- Music venues -- The roots of Route 66 -- Women and the Green Book -- A change is gonna come -- Integration and the double-edged sword -- Epilogue: America after the Green Book.
Subject: United States > Race relations > History.
Automobile travel > Guidebooks > History.
African Americans > Segregation > 20th century.
African Americans > Travel > History > 20th century.
African Americans > Legal status, laws, etc. > 20th century.
Genre: Informational works.

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