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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.… (més)
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Títol:Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America
Autors:Candacy Taylor (Autor)
Informació:Abrams Press (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 360 pages
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Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America de Candacy Taylor (2020)

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This is not just about road tripping while black. It’s an examination of our country’s approach to civil liberties and the rampant racist highways that have been paved through our political systems and subconscious.

Every reader will learn something new here, it might be one or two things for some or it might be a new fact every few minutes for others, how exciting!
  BookSnug | Aug 19, 2021 |
There are things we don't know, but can learn. Just as there are things we can learn, but never really know. This book travels a familiar road unrecognizable to many of us. Fascinating, heart-breaking, disturbing and hopeful. Not an academic volume, but full of revelation. ( )
  Lemeritus | Dec 16, 2020 |
I thought I knew the story of the Green Book, but from the beginning I knew I did not know that much. It never occurred to me why Blacks in the 1930’and 1940’s chose to drive at night. Nor did I know how the automobile industry helped Blacks find work. Taylor’s trip across America to find the ruminates of what was presented in the Green book was heartbreaking in the discovery than less than 5% of the businesses are still in operation. I listened to the audiobook, which was good, but because of the accompanying photographs and drawings, I would prefer this book in print. I do not even recommend Kindle. ( )
  brangwinn | Sep 29, 2020 |
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WOW!
The power of sharing personal true stories rings through time and time again with Taylor’s tribute to the Green Book and those Black individuals, couples, and families who traveled the “Overground Railroad” - powerful primary source documents and photographs are juxtaposed amid poignant prose.

Quotes of Note:
“History doesn’t repeat itself. Humans do.” - Jelani Cobb

Langston Hughes poem, “Beaumont to Detroit: 1943”

“I don’t care if you’re the pope or the president...You have to eat. And I can cook for you...If I can get the people on both sides [of the political spectrum] to just sit down at my table, I think we can work this out.” Leah Chase, owner & chef, Dookey Chase’s, New Orleans, Louisiana

My next read in relation to this book will be Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, which has been on my TBR list. ( )
  Lisa_Francine | Aug 5, 2020 |
This is a handsome book and kudos to the design team which produced this book. Segregation meant that a guide was necessary beyond word of mouth where African Americans would be welcome: not only lodging and restaurants, but gas stations and drug stores. Not only auto travel is covered but also travel by train, which had its own rules on segregation. Blacks were not fond of Route 66 as there was no list of sundown towns and distances between potential stopping places were long. The Green Book was published from 1936 to 1966. ( )
  vpfluke | Jun 29, 2020 |
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Chapter One: As Ron hurried down the plush carpeted stairs on his way to the garage, carrying a stack of Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Howlin' Wolf CDs, he said, "Okay. I'm ready to roll!" I stared at him and shook my head. "It's after ten o'clock. Why can't you drive during the day, like a normal person?" His answer was always the same. "Traffic."
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After scouting more than 3,600 Green Book sites, I realized that most of my well-meaning liberal friends in the coastal cities had never seen the poverty that millions of Americans are living in. By the time I got to Detroit, after leaving Los Angeles and driving across the country, I was in tears.
The sites that are still with us symbolize survival: They endured the times the pendulum swung forward and a wrecking ball swung back. These businesses survived urban renewal, gentrification, and white supremacist policies. And the people in these communities survived underfunded schools and overfunded prisons. All of this cemented my faith that we would survive Trump.
Driving too slowly, however, could also attract attention, so to avoid getting pulled over, most black men at the time learned to drive a mile or two under the speed limit. A slower car in front could pose yet another problem for black motorists in Jim Crow states, where it was illegal for a black driver to pass a white driver.
Black Americans who went to mainstream banks for auto financing were generally denied loans, but even after World War II, the roughly 3 percent of black men who received bank credit were often charged higher interest rates than white customers. Moreover, black men living in the South needed a white man to cosign for a loan. (Women of any race were denied credit without a male cosigner until well into the 1970s.)
In 1930, a few years before Cadillac opened its showroom doors to African Americans, journalist George Schuyler addressed this issue, saying that “Blacks who drove expensive cars offended white sensibilities, and some blacks kept to older models so as not to give the dangerous impression of being above themselves.”
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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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