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

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

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
ISBN:9781419738173
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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...

  • Faith

    Between 1936 and 1966 a guide called the “Green Book” was published to assist black people in finding accommodations when traveling in America. Through most of this time, it was published by Victo...

  • 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 ...

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    Overall this was not as expected. I thought it was about the history of the Green Book and stories of the brave business owners who opened their doors to people of color, even when they were taking a ...

  • Never Without a Book

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

  • Kimba Tichenor

    Published from 1936 to 1966, the Green Book was a travel guide for African Americans, providing potentially life-saving information about at what restaurants, hotels, boarding houses, tourist sites, c...

  • 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...

  • Naia Pard

    This audiobook was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When I first read the title, I was a little uneasy because I thought that I will be listening to a nine hour narration abo...

  • Jennifer

    5⭐️My copy of this was an audiobook and I loved the narrator. She is one of my favorites in the audiobook world. And to be honest I probably wouldn’t of enjoyed it as much if I had read it. Now ...