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The Green Book: Traveling during Jim Crow

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

How did African Americans attempt to travel safely in the United States during the age of Jim Crow?

This Learning Lab investigates the question of African American travel during the age of Jim Crow, and how the Green Book assisted by providing African American a directory of welcoming hotels, motels, travel lodges, restaurants, gas stations, and other facilities as they journeyed throughout the United States. This Learning Lab employs the use of primary source analysis of NMAAHC and other Smithsonian unit objects and outside media clips to help answer this question.

Keywords:  NMAAHC, African American, Green, book, travel, Jim Crow, car, road, segregation, hotel, motel, gas station, restaurants, United States, primary source, #NMAAHCTeach

User Guide: Green Book

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Main Question

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What is the Green Book?

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Question Card 1

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The Negro Motorist Green-Book

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Why was it needed?

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Question Card 2

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Sign from a segregated restaurant

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Sign from segregated railroad station

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Sign from segregated Nashville bus number 351

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On the Road

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Outdoor Portrait of One Man and Two Women Standing by a Car

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Button, Esso Oil Co.

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Sign for the Booker T. Motel

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Outdoor Photo of Two Women with a Man and Child on the Hood of a Car

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