The Green Book in Numbers

Authors: Claudia Engel*,
Topics: Resources, Tourism Geography, Historical Geography
Keywords: Green Book, GIS, Mapping, Open Data
Session Type: Lightning Paper
Day: 4/10/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Director's Row E, Sheraton, Plaza Building, Lobby Level
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There has been increased scholarly interst in the Green Book, the African American Travel Guide (among others: Mitchell and Collins 2014, Hobbs 2019, Ra-Shon Hall 2014, as well as Bottone and Barbieri at this conference). While some extracted datasets exist (for example [1] [2] [3] [4]), so far there has been no comprehensive collection available over the span of its publication years (1936-1967) in a format that can be computationally explored. I will present aggregated statistics on the city level for the entire time frame.

Michael Ra-Shon Hall (2014) The negro traveller's guide to a Jim Crow South: negotiating racialized landscapes during a dark period in United States cultural history, 1936–1967, Postcolonial Studies, 17:3, 307-319, DOI: 10.1080/13688790.2014.987898

Allison Hobbs (2019) Far From Sanctuary: African American Journeys and the Road to Civil Rights (forthcoming, Harvard University Press)

Jerry T. Mitchell & Larianne Collins (2014) The Green Book: “Safe Spaces” from Place to Place. The Geography Teacher Vol. 11 , Iss. 1

[1] https://ncptt.nps.gov/rt66/green-book/
[2] http://taylormadeculture.com/the-green-book/
[3] https://mappingthegreenbook.tumblr.com
[4] http://publicdomain.nypl.org/greenbook-map/

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