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Ruth and the Green Book

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Ruth and the Green Book

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The picture book inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film The Green Book

Ruth was so excited to take a trip in her family's new car In the early 1950s, few African Americans could afford to buy cars, so this would be an adventure. But she soon found out that black travelers weren't treated very well in some towns. Many hotels and gas stations refused service to black people. Daddy was upset about something called Jim Crow laws . . .

Finally, a friendly attendant at a gas station showed Ruth's family The Green Book. It listed all of the places that would welcome black travelers. With this guidebook--and the kindness of strangers--Ruth could finally make a safe journey from Chicago to her grandma's house in Alabama.

Ruth's story is fiction, but The Green Book and its role in helping a generation of African American travelers avoid some of the indignities of Jim Crow are historical fact.

ISBN: 9780761352556

ISBN-10: 9780761352556

Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (R)

Publication Date: 08/01/2010 - 12:00am

On Sale: 11/01/2010 - 12:00am

Pages: 32

Language: English


Social Themes - Prejudice & Racism

People & Places - United States - African American & Black