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Race, Class & Legal Injustices in the United States: Historical Spotlight: Jim Crow, Sundown Towns & the Green Book

Resources and content linked in this guide will deepen the understanding of how race has played a core role in the origin, development and perpetuation of systemic racism and unequal treatment under the law in American society.

eBooks and Books

Historical lecture presentation

You Will Find It Handy: Documenting Green Book Sites in Md. (Anne Bruder) A historical expert on architecture and transportation gives an online presentation about the sites in Maryland that were part of the safe haven stops listed in The Negro Motorist Green Book.  This presentation is part of a larger, collective historical tribute to The Green Book. The lecture was made available through the public educational programming of the AIA Baltimore & Baltimore Architecture Foundation.

Research Guides


Driving While Black may also be accessed in two parts through Academic Videos Online (see CCBC film and video databases) 
Click here for Part One - This segment discusses the root of racism in America, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Jim Crow Era, the Great Migration, the birth of the automobile, the myth of mobility in America and the dangers of road travel during segregation. Click here for Part Two  - This segment celebrates Black entrepreneurship, introduces The Green Book, highway construction and its impact, the cruel reality of ‘driving while Black’ in contemporary society and the ongoing struggle for Civil Rights in America.

Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940), is a full episode from the multi-part, documentary series called The African Americans—Many Rivers to Cross (hosted for PBS by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)  This 56-minute episode portrays the Jim Crow era, when African Americans struggled to builThe African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Series Poster | Posters | The African  Americans: Many Rivers to Cross | PBSd their own worlds within the harsh, narrow confines of segregation. At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African Americans left the South, fleeing the threat of racial violence and searching for opportunities in the North and West. The era of The Green Book is covered in this episode. Other episodes from the series are found in the CCBC Library Films on Demand database by clicking here.  


More brief videos on The Green Book

Interactive Mapping of Sundown Towns