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The Negro Motorist Green Book
The Negro Motorist Green Book was an annual guidebook for African American Roadtrippers. The Green Book originated and was published by New York City mailman Victor Hugo Green in the United States from 1936 to 1966. He also founded a travel agency.
The Green Book listed hotels, boarding houses, restuarants, beauty shops, barber shops and various other services for African Americans during the era of Jim Crow laws.
During the Jim Crow era many Blacks took to driving, in part to avoid segregation on public transportation and to be free of discomfort, discrimination, segregation and insult.
African-American travelers faced a variety of dangers and inconveniences, such as white-owned businesses refusing to serve them or repair their vehicles, being refused accommodation or food by white-owned hotels, and threats of physical violence and forcible expulsion from whites-only "sundown towns". Green founded and published The Negro Motorist Green Book to tackle such problems, compiling resources "to give the Negro traveler information that will keep him from running into difficulties, embarrassments and to make his trip more enjoyable."
From a New York-focused first edition published in 1936, Green expanded the work to cover much of North America, including most of the United States and parts of Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. The Green Book became "the bible of black travel during Jim Crow", enabling black travelers to find lodgings, businesses, and gas stations that would serve them along the road. It was little known outside the African-American community. Shortly after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed the types of racial discrimination that had made the Green Book necessary, publication ceased and it fell into obscurity.
Today, Federal historians are using Green Books as guides to research locales across the nation as part of an effort to better understand the African American experience, and build a national park system that better reflects the diversity of America’s history, people and culture.
5 Unknown Secrets about Colorado Dude Ranches in September
1. Adult Only Weeks
When the kids are away the parents will play!’ Most ranches offer Adult Only weeks and weekends in September. Saddle up for an unforgettable ride through the changing Aspens (i.e. leaf peeping on horseback) or try your hand at rounding up the cattle. September is a great month for the ‘big kids’ of the family to take a deep breath after a busy summer and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer in the fall. Whether you take a solo trip to rejuvenate , travel as a couple, or maybe it’s a short getaway with friends, you will likely fall in love with autumn in the Colorado Rockies.2. Specialty Weeks and Weekends
- Culinary Weeks, Yoga Retreats, Cowgirl Roundups, Painting/Photography Workshops, Cattle Roundup Weeks, Hunting & Birding Trips & More!
If you are looking to get a little something ‘extra’ out of your Colorado Dude Ranch vacation then check out the specialty weeks and weekends in September. Click here for a list of a few of the offerings and call 1-866-547-5362 for ranch availability.
3. All Inclusive Packages
Our CDGRA member ranches continue to offer their famous ALL INCLUSIVE packages throughout the month of September. These rates always include meals, lodging, & horseback riding and typically include most of the on ranch activities. You can truly leave your wallet at home! No need for tipping at meals or lugging around a bulky purse. Colorado cowboys travel light. And we think you should too!
4. Short Stays Available
Although you’ll still find the popular week long stays available in September, you will also find that Colorado Dude & Guest Ranches offer a variety in minimum night stays. Many ranches that require a 6-7 night stay in the summer months will offer a minimum 3 night package (or less based on availability!) in the fall, winter, and spring. You can also find a few ranches who offer B&B stays. So whether you come for a night, 3 nights or more, September is a great month to get a taste of an authentic Colorado Ranch experience.
5. Discounted Fall Rates
And if you just needed one more reason to jump in your car or on a plane to a Colorado Dude Ranch this September… check out the fantastic low rates many ranches offer throughout the month of September and on into the fall and winter! Call 1-866-547-5362 for September availability and to find the perfect ranch for your next getaway.