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Author Taylor, Candacy A., author.

Title Overground railroad : the Green Book and the roots of Black travel in America / Candacy Taylor.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Abrams Press, 2020.

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Description 1 online resource (360 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Summary 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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 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 of progress -- Epilogue: America after the Green Book -- Author's note -- What we can do -- Green Book site tour -- Green Book cover guide -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Select bibliography -- Credits -- Index of searchable terms.
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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.
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Informational works.
Informational works.
Other Form: Print version: Taylor, Candacy A. Overground railroad. New York : Abrams Press, 2020 9781419738173 (DLC) 2018958273 (OCoLC)1086339267
ISBN 9781683356578 (electronic book)
1683356578 (electronic book)
9781419738173 (print)
1419738178 (print)