Unit 3: The Negro Motorist Green Book

This Unit 3: The Negro Motorist Green Book unit also includes:

What was it like to travel as an African-American motorist in the Jim Crow era? Learners consider the question as they examine digital copies of the Green Book, which documented places that served African American patrons during the time of Jim Crow. Its contents challenge readers to identify what effect the Jim Crow era had on future President Jimmy Carter.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask budding historians to plan a road trip using the Green Book to discuss the difficulties facing African American motorists during the Jim Crow era
  • Using the HistoryPin website in the lesson plan and have scholars document sites connected to the Green Book in your community
Classroom Considerations

  • Activities presume the class has a basic understanding of Jim Crow laws in the North and South
  • Resource is third in a 19-part The President's Travels series

  • The links included in the lesson plan offer teachers a variety of rich primary sources 
  • Discussion questions are ready to use in the classroom
  • Background information contextualizes the president's early life

  • Some links to resources no longer work, but the lesson plans are still usable
  • Lesson plan does not make explicit connections between Carter and the Green Book