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  2. The 40th anniversary edition of the million-copy bestseller
  3. Green Book: the true story behind the Oscar-buzzed road trip drama | Film | The Guardian

And we have a lot in common. We all want the same thing: We want love and happiness and want to be treated equally. In an early scene, for instance, Tony throws away two drinking glasses that black construction workers used in his kitchen, suggesting he draws a hard line about even coming into contact with black people. As an Italian American, Tony would have experienced plenty of discrimination himself, but the film only hints at it. It also seems to imply that such a guide was only really necessary in the Deep South, which rang false to me.

For middle-class Americans in the s, the newfound availability of safe, affordable automobiles was not just a matter of convenience. It meant new possibilities, the ability to travel around the country at their leisure, without relying on anyone else.

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That was also true for African Americans, even in a country that was legally segregated in some places and functionally segregated virtually everywhere else. But while white travelers could move with relative freedom, stopping into restaurants, bars, entertainment establishments, and places of lodging as they pleased, road travel was more fraught for African Americans.

Staying in the wrong hotel, or trying to eat at the wrong establishment, could get you kicked out or much worse. Green worked on the project for three decades, from to , shortly after the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, with a break during World War II for about four years. The Green Book swiftly became the most vital document for black travelers in America, detailing places where they could eat, drink, and spend the night without being harassed or worse.

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Twenty-two editions of the Green Book and one supplement , published from to , have since been collected and digitized by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. The Green Books were mostly devoted to options for lodging and dining, but they contained other information too. And in some towns, especially smaller ones, no hotel would offer lodging to black people.

One such town is depicted in Green Book.


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But there were about 10, sundown towns in the US as late as the s, and not just in the South : Levittown, New York; Glendale, California; and most Illinois municipalities were among their number. And while it could be dangerous to be on the road at night, it could be equally dangerous to check into the wrong hotel. So if you were traveling while black, you knew about the Green Book, because you had to, for your own safety. In the film, Shirley never mentions or even looks at the Green Book — only Tony interacts with it. In fact, the Shirley character in the film seems to have consciously distanced himself from many elements of black culture, while remaining richly aware of the discrimination he will encounter on the trip.

But in real life, Shirley had previously traveled throughout the country before embarking on his tour with Tony, and would almost certainly have known all about the Green Book. Green Book depicts a range of ways in which the racist attitudes that were dominant in American life in the early and midth century manifested themselves, from snide comments and racial epithets to outright hostility. But it strongly suggests that a guide like the Green Book was only really necessary in the Deep South, where under Jim Crow laws, segregation was not just encouraged, but legally enforced.

Once they cross into Kentucky, the Green Book becomes his guide, and we see it in his hands and on the car seat beside him several times. And a key scene near the end of Green Book suggests that while Shirley was harassed and worse by police in the South, once they returned north of the Mason-Dixon line, he was safe from that experience.

But interest in the book was high, and subsequent editions expanded very rapidly. In the edition of the Green Book , published the year in which Green Book is set, you can find listings for restaurants in Wilmington, Delaware; hotels in Billings, Montana; entertainment establishments in Seattle, Washington; and antique stores in New York City, all of which were friendly to black clientele.

In many editions, listings spilled over US borders into Mexico and Canada, going as far north as Alaska. And in every city where establishments were listed as friendly to black travelers, there were almost certainly establishments that were unfriendly. John Lewis D-GA , a Civil Rights pioneer, writes about a hour road trip he took with his Uncle Otis in , packing their lunches and carefully plotting which bathrooms were safe to use along the way from Alabama to upstate New York.

On both sides. But there was no magical line that a black traveler could cross to find safety on the other side. His strained, pained smile at the end of every stage set is the dead giveaway. And the film is at its best when Tony and Shirley are discovering the limits of those politics, and learning how to challenge the white-defined status quo. But knowing that he needed the support of the government and various companies to keep producing this vital lifeline, Green tended to not rock the boat too much. That meant not outright criticizing the very laws, customs, and racist attitudes that made 30 years of Green Books necessary.

It also appears to have meant not identifying sundown towns.

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Still, the sadness inherent in the very existence of the Green Books came through. The end of the introduction to the edition made this clear. The Green Book swiftly became the most vital document for black travelers in America, detailing places where they could eat, drink, and spend the night without being harassed or worse.

Twenty-two editions of the Green Book and one supplement , published from to , have since been collected and digitized by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. The Green Books were mostly devoted to options for lodging and dining, but they contained other information too. And in some towns, especially smaller ones, no hotel would offer lodging to black people. One such town is depicted in Green Book. But there were about 10, sundown towns in the US as late as the s, and not just in the South : Levittown, New York; Glendale, California; and most Illinois municipalities were among their number.

And while it could be dangerous to be on the road at night, it could be equally dangerous to check into the wrong hotel. So if you were traveling while black, you knew about the Green Book, because you had to, for your own safety. In the film, Shirley never mentions or even looks at the Green Book — only Tony interacts with it.

In fact, the Shirley character in the film seems to have consciously distanced himself from many elements of black culture, while remaining richly aware of the discrimination he will encounter on the trip. But in real life, Shirley had previously traveled throughout the country before embarking on his tour with Tony, and would almost certainly have known all about the Green Book. Green Book depicts a range of ways in which the racist attitudes that were dominant in American life in the early and midth century manifested themselves, from snide comments and racial epithets to outright hostility.

But it strongly suggests that a guide like the Green Book was only really necessary in the Deep South, where under Jim Crow laws, segregation was not just encouraged, but legally enforced. Once they cross into Kentucky, the Green Book becomes his guide, and we see it in his hands and on the car seat beside him several times.


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And a key scene near the end of Green Book suggests that while Shirley was harassed and worse by police in the South, once they returned north of the Mason-Dixon line, he was safe from that experience. But interest in the book was high, and subsequent editions expanded very rapidly. In the edition of the Green Book , published the year in which Green Book is set, you can find listings for restaurants in Wilmington, Delaware; hotels in Billings, Montana; entertainment establishments in Seattle, Washington; and antique stores in New York City, all of which were friendly to black clientele.

In many editions, listings spilled over US borders into Mexico and Canada, going as far north as Alaska. And in every city where establishments were listed as friendly to black travelers, there were almost certainly establishments that were unfriendly. John Lewis D-GA , a Civil Rights pioneer, writes about a hour road trip he took with his Uncle Otis in , packing their lunches and carefully plotting which bathrooms were safe to use along the way from Alabama to upstate New York. On both sides. But there was no magical line that a black traveler could cross to find safety on the other side.

His strained, pained smile at the end of every stage set is the dead giveaway. And the film is at its best when Tony and Shirley are discovering the limits of those politics, and learning how to challenge the white-defined status quo.

The 40th anniversary edition of the million-copy bestseller

But knowing that he needed the support of the government and various companies to keep producing this vital lifeline, Green tended to not rock the boat too much. That meant not outright criticizing the very laws, customs, and racist attitudes that made 30 years of Green Books necessary. It also appears to have meant not identifying sundown towns. Still, the sadness inherent in the very existence of the Green Books came through.

Green Book: the true story behind the Oscar-buzzed road trip drama | Film | The Guardian

The end of the introduction to the edition made this clear. There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published. That is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States. It will be a great day for us to suspend this publication for then we can go wherever we please, and without embarrassment. It was both a defensive and a proactive mechanism. It takes the name of an important artifact of history, one whose very existence was a result of prejudice and entrenched white supremacy, and makes it the basis for a broad comedy.

And curiously, the two never talk about the Green Book itself — its history, its necessity, its very existence. It also leans into the always-present danger that comes with movies about racism set in the past. Glad we fixed racism! But borrowing the name of such a fraught piece of history and making a feel-good comedy about it, then failing to do that piece of history justice, is at best a misstep. As a piece of conventional Hollywood cinema, Green Book has plenty to recommend it. Green Book opens in limited theaters on November 16 and wide on November