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Ruth and the Green Book

Carolrhoda Picture Books

by Calvin Alexander Ramsey Author · Gwen Strauss Author

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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.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint:
Carolrhoda Books ®
Publication Date:
2014
Series:
Carolrhoda Picture Books

Format

  • OverDrive Read
  • Adobe PDF eBook 12 MB

Calvin Alexander Ramsey (Author)

Calvin Alexander Ramsey, Atlanta-based playwright, photographer, and folk art painter, grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and Roxboro, North Carolina. In addition to having been a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard, Calvin has a passion for tra...

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Gwen Strauss (Author)

Gwen Strauss's book of poems, Trail of Stones, with illustrations by Anthony Browne was published by Knopf in New York and Walker Books in London. The Night Shimmy (Random House), a children's book with the same illustrator, has been translated in...

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Ruth and the Green Book
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