Ruth and the Green Book
Ruth and the Green Book
Thank you! In the early s, newly built interstate highways invited Americans to travel by automobile, but the open road wasn't so open for African-Americans, especially in the South. Ramsey drives this truth home in this story of the journey of a family traveling from Chicago to Alabama by car. I was so excited to travel across the country! Cooper masterfully captures the emotions of the characters, filling his pages with three-dimensional individuals. This story touches on a little-known moment in American history with elegance, compassion and humanity. There was a problem adding your email address.
Ruth and the Green Book. Carolrhoda Books, In the early 's, Ruth and her parents are happily traveling in their family's first car all the way from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandmother. But, as they head into the Jim Crow South, Ruth discovers firsthand there are businesses that refuse service to blacks. Her parents respond with resilience, driving and singing through the night. Eventually, a gas station attendant gives them a copy of The Green Book, a listing of businesses that will serve African American travelers. Ruth's parents put her in charge of reading the Green Book and finding friendly gas stations and places to stay. Ruth's sense of well being and security grows, and along the way she extends comfort to another set of travelers.
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In the early s, few African Americans could afford to buy cars, so this would be an adventure. Many hotels and gas stations refused service to black people. Daddy was upset about something called Jim Crow laws. It listed all of the places that would welcome black travelers. This will be a fascinating addition to any civil rights picture-book collection. Overall, there is a sepialike quality to the art, giving the impression of gazing at old color photos.
Pulling from these experiences and his own inner resources, at age 51, Ramsey launched a career as a playwright that has not only produced significant works and accomplishments, but has also sparked important debate. Published from to , this now obscure guide was once widely used to shield Blacks from segregated facilities in the South and throughout the country. Interviews with scores of elderly African Americans, recalled emotions of peril and fear while traveling which Ramsey sought to recapture in his play. Subsequent readings of the play at La MaMa E. On the nights the Ku Klux Klan held rallies near the poor black neighborhood of Shermantown in Stone Mountain, Georgia, the residents could hear the racial epithets and hate-filled language lash the air, loosed through huge loudspeakers in a nearby pasture.