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Until the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the Green Book was critical for black Americans wanting to travel across the country.

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Road tripping in the 20th century became an iconic American obsession, and the rising middle class was eager to travel the country on the new interstate highway system. The Green Book was a unique travel guide during this time, when segregation was practiced all over the country.

The book, which grew to cover locations in all 50 states, listed hotels, restaurants, gas stations, beauty salons, and other services that would reliably serve African Americans. The listings grew from user correspondence and a network of African American postal workers under the guidance of Victor Hugo Green, the book’s publisher.

The American road trip would go on to be an anchor in the civil rights discussion, as it highlighted the injustices and prejudice that African Americans suffered under Jim Crow. Before the Civil Rights Act outlawed racial discrimination in public accommodations, Victor Green’s booklet helped black Americans navigate their country.

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Want to see Green Book listings in your hometown? Check out these amazing scans of several editions from the New York Public Library:
God I started tearing up a bit bc I grew up in a small town along route 66 and often we traveled town to town to aquire what we need (do laundry, legal work, hospitals/clinics) so those gas stations and hotels have always been part of home for me. Seeing how people of color, specifically black people were treated in towns like my hometown and having that American dream of roadtrips ruined for them idk im rambling and emotional. I'm so thankful things have changed
It’s crazy how sun down towns STILL exist to this day and versions of his green book have become apps to STILL help guide black people to safe areas to live and rest. But y’all get mad when we talk about race. Sure it’s a new day, but the same hate still exists.
Kat Parks
I would like to see a new green book that way I would support African American businesses.
Linus TheXman
As a child in the 1970s, my grandparents would start at 3am with loads of food prepared before our travels from Mississippi to Chicago only stopping in Memphis and St. Louis for gas and restroom breaks along the way. I'm not even 50 and I can remember the residual of a time just before me...That old Chevy Impala sure could put in work.
Moon Shadow
political correctness exist for a reason, try to not get tired of it so fast we have a long way to go
Kare Carado
Who came here after Green Book’s Oscar success?
Ratna N
Never thought this kind of story was happened not too long ago. I thought it was at least in the 1800s.
Freddy Krueger
Someone should make an updated Green book just to see how many of these businesses listed in the original Green book are still around. Would be interesting to visit some of these places if they still existed - if you are history buff that is.
Ian Marinho
Green saved lots of human lives
Ionescu Alexandru Bogdan
C'mon don't make it so it sounds so racist... Just Democrats doing their job
Heather Duke
Am I the only person who’s obsessive compulsive attitude towards books let them triggered whenever he added highlighter and pen marks to the historic book? 😷😬
Thank you so much for doing this video. It's an unfortunate, but important part of our history. My father, who is 80 years old now, told me recently he was happy and honored to know that one of his neighbors, who babysat him, is listed in one of the editions of the Green Book for Waycross, Georgia.
wow, this was real?
where can the other minorities such as the Asians and Latinos stay during this period?
caramel coffee
this video is better than the movie
Ada K.
This is an informative, eye opening, and well made video. As someone who only heard about United States from the distance, I always find it baffling why racism is still warm issue even today. I hope things keep changing for the better. I personally believe that eventually all humanity realised that everyone wants to be safe and happy.
Catherine Rich
I'd be interested to see a vox video about the time period mentioned inthis video, when the post office was a major employees of black Americans! What lead to this, was it a good thing (did it create upward mobility maybe, since it's a good government job? Or was it predatory EMP,oyment and underpayment?), And why did that change?
I am a Japanese American and remember being refused service in the late 90s in upstate ny... and not to be obnoxious but our family lived in a wealthy NYC suburb (we had just dropped my brother off at summer camp which is why we were in upstate ny) and we might have been in a BMW (can’t recall if it was that car or the Volvo) - anyway the point is we were well dressed, educated, could obviously pay, and were behaving normally, just quietly waiting at the “please wait to be seated” sign at a diner as one does. The staff pretended they didn’t see us even while we waited for over 10 min while we could see they had plenty of empty seating, seated a white family who came in after us, and still would refuse to make eye contact with us, so we got the hint and left. Nothing overtly hostile, just a refusal to acknowledge our presence. I was still a kid so I didn’t say anything and my parents’ English isn’t perfect so probably the best course of action, especially since rural upstate NY is a scarily conservative place. Not sure what would have happened had we asked what was going on, and if I had been an adult back then, I might have asked, but alas we will never know. So no, not ancient history and not just a phenomenon in the Deep South.
Wow this really hit home for me my earliest memories were road trips with my family and to think just 50+ years ago we wouldn't have been able to do any of that
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