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Ruth and the Green Book

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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.

On view Sept 7 through March 3, 2019, Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, tells of the central role played by African Americans in advocating for their rights.   Marking  the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the exhibition is organized chronologically from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War I.  The voices of citizens responding to the challenge of citizenship are as relevant today as when first spoken, whether that message was delivered in the 19th century or the 21st.

  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  •  9.2 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • by Calvin Alexander Ramsey (Author), Gwen Strauss (Author), Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
ITEM NUMBER: 14212

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