Overground Railroad: The Green Book & Roots of Black Travel in America

Overground Railroad: The Green Book & Roots of Black Travel in America Review

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. 

Title:Overground Railroad: The Green Book & Roots of Black Travel in America
Edition Language:English

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    Overground Railroad: The Green Book & Roots of Black Travel in America Reviews

  • Scott

    "Carry your Green Book with you . . . you may need it!" -- the admonishment often listed on the coverAbout a year ago a film called Green Book (starring Mahershala Ali, an actor who is lately receivin...

  • Kusaimamekirai

    Living in Japan for the past decade or so, I always find it difficult to express to people what life was and is like for black men and women in America. There is always a kind of shock and horror at...

  • Nancy Oakes

    full post here: http://www.nonfictionrealstuff.com/20...This book is a must read. An absolute must read.I'd first heard of the Green Book while reading Matt Ruff's novel Lovecraft Country a couple of ...

  • Never Without a Book

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B685NFrAD...This is a MUST READ....

  • Cam

    Very interesting and informative book to read. I learned about things I never thought about reading the book. Green Book was hailed as the “black travel guide to America.” At that time, it was ver...

  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)

    The story of America is often the story of people moving -- migrating, pioneering, or just taking a vacation to see someplace new or visit relatives. But for Black Americans, moving is not the carefre...

  • Ellen

    I can't say enough about how wonderful this book is. Not only does it explain the history of something that I'm going to say most people don't really know about, and not only does it have amazing phot...

  • Barb

    I first learned about The Green Book from a picture book I borrowed from the library to read to my kids when they were little. The whole idea that people of color needed something like The Green Book,...

  • Katie

    This was a great examination of the extent of the racial terrorism black people had to face through well into the 20th Century. Too many people think their hardships ended when slavery did, and nothin...

  • Katie

    I honestly think I favor reading nonfiction some days over jumping into a well-written fantasy novel. Civil Rights in America remains one of my favorite topics to learn about because you will never re...