Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

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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.
 

About Calvin Alexander Ramsey

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The illustrator of more than sixty children's books, Floyd Cooper is a past recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and a four-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family. Visit his website at www.floydcooper.com.
 
Published November 1, 2013 by Carolrhoda Books. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“It was a BIG day at our house when Daddy drove up in our very own automobile--a 1952 Buick!...I was so excited to travel across the country!” Ruth’s family encounters many of the obstacles that existed, from whites-only restrooms in gas stations to whites-only hotels: "It seemed like there were ...

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At the core of this expressively illustrated fusion of fact and fiction is The Negro Motorist Green Book, first published in 1936, which listed hotels, restaurants, and other businesses that would serve African-Americans during an era when many would not.

Oct 11 2010 | Read Full Review of Ruth and the Green Book

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strung across Main Street that read: " GREENVILLE - WELCOME " "The Blackest Land - The Whitest People" In the 1960s, "whitest" was changed to "greatest," which, I suspect carried the same connotation, just in a more politically acceptable way.

Jan 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Ruth and the Green Book

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strung across Main Street that read: " GREENVILLE - WELCOME " "The Blackest Land - The Whitest People" In the 1960s, "whitest" was changed to "greatest," which, I suspect carried the same connotation, just in a more politically acceptable way.

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