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Overground Railroad (The Young Adult Adaptation): The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America

January 25

Book cover. There is a green strip at the top and bottom and again in the middle. There is a black and white photo of found young Black women posing in front of a car. The title Overground Railroad is in gold letters on top of two strips of black that  seem like rails for a track. Beneath that is the subtitle the green book and the roots of black travel in America. Another black and white photo is at the bottom portion and is  five young black men wearing suits posing in front of a car. Overground Railroad (The Young Adult Adaptation): The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy A. Taylor
Amulet Books

A young reader’s edition of Candacy Taylor’s acclaimed book about the history of the Green Book, the guide for Black travelers

Overground Railroad chronicles the history of the Green Book, which was published from 1936 to 1966 and was the “Black travel guide to America.” For years, it was dangerous for African Americans to travel in the United States. Because of segregation, Black travelers couldn’t eat, sleep, or even get gas at most white-owned businesses.

The Green Book listed hotels, restaurants, department stores, gas stations, recreational destinations, and other businesses that were safe for Black travelers. It was a resourceful and innovative solution to a horrific problem. It took courage to be listed in the Green Book, and the stories from those who took a stand against racial segregation are recorded and celebrated.

This young reader’s edition of Candacy Taylor’s critically acclaimed adult book Overground Railroad includes her own photographs of Green Book sites, as well as archival photographs and interviews with people who owned and used these facilities. The book also includes an author’s note, endnotes, bibliography, timeline, and index. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads

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