The Negro Motorist Green Book Compendium

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During the dangerous days of Jim Crow segregation, it was difficult to be an African-American traveler, as hotels that would take you or restaurants that would serve you were few and far between. This was addressed by The Negro Motorist Green Book, an annual listing of lodging, diners, gas stations, and other businesses that could handle the needs of the Black customer. Created in 1936 by Harlem-based postman Victor H. Green, the Green Book served the public until after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in the 1960's ended legal segregation. In The Negro Motorist Green Book Compendium you can see all the articles, all the ads, and all the listings from four editions of the Green Book: 1938, 1947, 1954, and 1963-1964, one for each decade in which the series was published'and all of it reproduced at about 50% larger than the original size, for easier reading.

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Paperback. 314 pages. 9.61" x 6.69".

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Constance Palaia

September 21, 2022

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 Doing research on history of my Sundown Town

The book arrived quickly. It's nicely bound and so great that it is a compendium. It will be of help to unravel racist history of Oregon (and elsewhere) and of folks who did the right thing.


Barbara Ward

February 22, 2022

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 The Negro Motorist Green Book

I am so pleased with this reproduction of THE GREEN BOOK! Earlier, I purchased a reproduction of the 1954 issue from another company and the print quality was awful. I was so disappointed in it that my expectations for your version was low. I love the size and the print quality. Definitely glad I ordered it!

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