eSource: Ruth and the Green Book

Cover: Ruth and the Green Book
  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5

The picture book inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film The Green Book

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.

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Ruth and the Green Book: Additional Website 415 KB PDF
Ruth and the Green Book: Author Q & A 468 KB PDF
Ruth and the Green Book: Book Resume 77.3 KB PDF
Ruth and the Green Book: Discussion Questions 305 KB PDF
Ruth and the Green Book: History of the Green Book 500 KB PDF

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