Ruth and the Green Book
Calvin Alexander Ramsey (A) and Gwen Strauss (A) and Floyd Cooper
List Price: $17.99 (Hardcover - Jim Crow Era / Prejudice and Racism - 2010 )
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.
Ashay says, "Any one growing up in the South during the 1950's knew that "segregation was the law. And, there were places that Blacks could go and there were other places "just across the street" where they could not. This story chronicles one family's journey and thier discovery of the important Green Book, which provided navigation through the waters of prejudice and racism. A must read for Ages 4-8 Must have it for the classroom and library. "
Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces