Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America Audiobook, by Candacy Taylor Play Audiobook Sample

Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America Audiobook

Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America Audiobook, by Candacy Taylor Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Lisa Reneé Pitts Publisher: Tantor Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781705230763

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Longest Chapter Length:

58:52 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:42 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

35:37 minutes

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Publisher Description

The first book to explore the historical role and residual impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for black motorists

Published from 1936 to 1966, the Green Book was hailed as the "black travel guide to America." At that time, it was very dangerous and difficult for African-Americans to travel because black travelers couldn't eat, sleep, or buy gas at most white-owned businesses. The Green Book listed hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other businesses that were safe for black travelers. It was a resourceful and innovative solution to a horrific problem. It took courage to be listed in the Green Book, and Overground Railroad celebrates the stories of those who put their names in the book and stood up against segregation. It shows the history of the Green Book, how we arrived at our present historical moment, and how far we still have to go when it comes to race relations in America.

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Narrator Lisa Renee Pitts expertly blends the personal with the historical in Taylor's deep dive into the Green Book, the iconic travel guide for Black America in the pre-Civil Rights era.

— AudioFile 


  • “A fascinating history of black travel…telling the sweeping story of black travel within Jim Crow America across four decades.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Taylor, previously a Harvard fellow, gives the topic the context and meticulous research it deserves, while keeping an eye on current race relations.”

    — National Geographic
  • “The strength of this book about a book lies in the street-level views through which the American road unspools in all its compromised glory.”

    — The Economist (London)
  • “A nuanced commentary of how black bodies have been monitored, censured, or violated, and it compellingly pulls readers into the current news cycle.”

    — Los Angeles Times


  • A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick of the Year in History

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About Candacy Taylor

Candacy Taylor is an award-winning author, photographer, and cultural documentarian. Her work has been featured in over fifty media outlets including the New Yorker and the Atlantic. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants including The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

About Lisa Reneé Pitts

Lisa Renee Pitts is an award-winning actress in theater, television, and film, as well as an accomplished audiobook narrator and an AudioFile Earphones Award winner.