The real story of the Green Book Why the Oscars love method actors 2 days ago   04:17

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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: http://on.nypl.org/2if6YDg
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? 😷😬
djsankofa
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.
sebatian
wow, this was real?
OKAYYYY
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?
Satopi3104
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.
forejseyes
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
Michael Goodlow
Hopefully , videos like this will give non Americans some idea of the true history of the United States, not the ` land of freedom and democracy for all '  propaganda that  this country has been feeding foreigners for years.
McK15
Those were the days
Marlo De Leon
Hotel?



TRIVAGO.
Laurie Jean
This video is more deserving of that Oscar, along with Mr. Ali
Bruno Santos
France: Automobiles are a thing now! Let's come up with a travel guide to list affordable restaurants that eventually will amass so much prestige that restaurateurs will fight to be featured in it, and people will know where to get excellent food anywhere in the world!

USA: Automobiles are a thing now! Let's come up with a travel guide to list places where black drivers can find lodge with no fear of being lynched that eventually will amass so much prestige that it will be forgotten until it is featured in a whitewashed racist movie!
Gilbertdada 007
Amazing video
Duck my sick
2:44
KellEy Kelley
this the BEST attraction @ the national Black history museum it had strangers interacting with one another as if we was actually on this trip together trying to avoid any negative issues *USUALLY WON'T SAY THIS BUT IT WAS A FUN INTERACTING WITH OTHERS TRYING NOT TO GET LYNCH :D* please note white folks as video game fun NOT REAL LIFE OR IN REALITY
Sigurd Setså
Really well told story
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Why the Oscars love method actors The real story of the Green Book 2 days ago   04:07

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Almost half of all Best Actor and Actress awards have been won by method actors since 1951.

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Method acting's foundational theory originated in the Soviet Union during the early 20th century. It was created by Konstantin Stanislavski and his peers at the Moscow Art Theater as a framework for systematically training young actors. Method acting became influential in the US in the ’30s and ’40s, pioneered by Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, and Sanford Meisner, each of whom transformed and built on Stanislavski’s system.

Today, training in method acting is ubiquitous for aspiring actors. But at the same time, the stakes of method acting continue to rise. First popularized in the US during the 1950s by Marlon Brando's generation of Hollywood stars, method acting continues to be a consistent way for actors to push themselves in new roles. But while method acting won Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar for his performance in The Revenant, it's undeniable that the way method acting is promoted is conspicuously marketable. Still, it has undoubtedly led to some of the greatest performances of all time.

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