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Following the Color Line: An Account of Negro Citizenship in the American Democracy

By BAKER, Ray Stannard

New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1908. First Edition. Hardcover. Considered the muckracking journalist's most controversial work, a collection of articles written during his travels through the American South, garnering praise from Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Jane Addams, and others. Baker's work includes an account of the Atlanta riots of 1906, in which more than 25 African Americans were murdered by a white mob over the course of two days. Nevertheless, Baker was keen not to offend his Southern readership and the work is peppered with descriptions of "Negroes of the criminal type," while the class disparities between white and black communities are sometimes significantly down-played. Baker "ultimately concluded that only time would remedy the problems of race in America. The distancing of Baker and other progressives from racial issues shaped the conclusions of [C. Vann] Woodward and other scholars about blacks and progressivism" (Jimmie Franklin, "Blacks and the Progressive Movement: Emergence of a New Synthesis," in the "OAH Magazine of History," Vol. 13, no. 1, Spring, 1999, p. 20). Octavo (22.5cm.); publisher's dark olive green cloth lettered in gilt, top edge gilt; xii,314pp.; photographic frontispiece, 23 leaves of plates, one map in text. Light shelf wear, corners slightly bumped, spine gilt a bit dulled, contemporary bookseller ticket to front free endpaper, else Very Good or better overall.

$200.00

Political Affairs: A Magazine Devoted to the Theory and Practice of Marxism-Leninism, Vol. XXVIII, no. 6, June, 1949
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Political Affairs: A Magazine Devoted to the Theory and Practice of Marxism-Leninism, Vol. XXVIII, no. 6, June, 1949

By JEROME, V.J., ed

New York: New Century Publishers, 1949. First Edition. Paperback. 12mo (19cm.); publisher's green and white printed staplebound card wrappers; 95pp. Light wear and dust-soil, else Very Good and sound. Issue devoted to "The Struggle Against White Chauvinism." Contents include Claudia Jones's essay "An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman!"; James W. Ford's "The Communist Party: Champion Fighter for Negro Rights"; and Herbert Wheeldin and George Blake's "The People Organize to Re-Elect Ben Davis."

$25.00

The Negro and the Democratic Front

By [AFRICAN-AMERICANS] [CPUSA] FORD, James W.

New York: International Publishers, 1938. First Edition. Hardcover. Political work by Ford (1893-1957), an African-American activist, politician, and Vice Presidential candidate for the Communisty Party in 1932, 1936, and 1940. The volume "deals with fundamental issues confronting the American Negro in the struggle for economic, political, and social equality; with the need for unity of the Negro populatio and all other democratic forces in a common front against reaction, fascism, and war..." (from front flap). With an introduction by A.W. Berry. First Printing. Octavo (22cm); green cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; photographic frontispiece, viii,9-222,[2]pp. Gentle sunning to spine and upper board edges, else Near Fine in a Very Good+ dustjacket, unclipped (priced $1.75), gently spine-sunned, edgeworn, with numerous tears, small nicks, and shallow losses, with two larger chips to upper edge of rear panel.

$75.00

The National Council of Negro Women and the Feminist Movement, 1935-1975
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The National Council of Negro Women and the Feminist Movement, 1935-1975

By FITZGERALD, Tracey A.

Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, [1985]. First Edition. Paperback. Slim 12mo (18.5cm.); publisher's tan card wrappers printed in blue; vii,[1],83pp. Faint damp-spotting to upper cover, light wear from handling, else Very Good and sound. Forms part of the series The Georgetown Monograph in American Studies.

$40.00

Who Look At Me
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Who Look At Me

By JORDAN, June

New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, [1969]. First Edition. Hardcover. Small square quarto (21cm.); publisher's cloth in brown pictorial dust jacket; [6],97pp.; color frontispiece, illus. throughout, many in color. Jacket extremities chippedn with shallow losses at bottom edge of upper panel, long closed tear to rear panel not approaching text or author portrait. Near Fine in Good or better jacket. The Caribbean-American author's first book, a poetry collection adorned with portraits of African Americans, including works by Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Ben Shahn, and many others.

$30.00

Outlines of St. Lucia's History
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Outlines of St. Lucia's History

By JESSE, C.; Roy Augier, foreword

St. Lucia: St. Lucia Archaeological & Historical Society, 1964. Second Edition. Paperback. Second Printing. Octavo (24.5cm.); publisher's cream pictorial card wrappers; [4],xi,[12]-74,[10](ads)pp.; 2 leaves of plates, pictorial ads bound in front and rear. Minor wear from handling, else Very Good and sound. Brief history of the Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia.

$25.00

Twenty-Four Negro Melodies Transcribed for Piano

By [AFRICAN AMERICANA] COLERIDGE-TAYLOR, Samuel; Booker T. Washington, pref.; D.B. Updike, printer

Boston: Oliver Ditson Company, 1905. First Edition. Paperback. Landmark collection of African-American spirituals, by the first African-American to gain true eminence as a composer in the European classical style. Issued simultaneously in cloth and wrappers - both elusive in complete dustjackets. First Printing, wrappered issue. Folio (31.5cm); publisher's green cloth-backed decorative card wrappers; [2],ix,[5],127pp.; chiefly sheet music. Fine in a Very Good dustjacket, gently sunned and lightly edgeworn, with mild dust-soil overall, a few tiny nicks and tears, neat splits to lower half of flap folds, and a faint vertical crease to lower front panel; later (1921) musicians store price label to front panel.

$250.00

Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture
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Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture

By STRAUSBAUGH, John; Darius James, aferword

[New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher / Penguin, 2006]. Uncorrected Proof. Paperback. Octavo (21cm.); publisher's pictorial card wrappers; xii,368pp.; illus. Light soil to upper cover, else Near Fine.

$25.00

The History of Slavery and the Slave Trade, Ancient and Modern. The Forms of Slavery that Prevailed in Ancient Nations, Particularly in Greece and Rome. The African Slave Trade and the Political History of Slavery in the United States
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The History of Slavery and the Slave Trade, Ancient and Modern. The Forms of Slavery that Prevailed in Ancient Nations, Particularly in Greece and Rome. The African Slave Trade and the Political History of Slavery in the United States

By BLAKE, W.O.

Columbus: H. Miller, 1859. Reprint. Hardcover. Large, thick octavo (26cm.); publisher's dark brown elaborately blind-tooled morocco, gilt spine, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers; xvi,832pp.; frontispiece, twelve leaves of plates. Boards scuffed, spine gilt rather dulled, front free endpaper separated but present with chipping along extremities, textblock quite foxed throughout. Overall Good to Very Good, internally sound. First published the previous year. LCP - AFRO-AMERICANA 1270 (calling for only two plates); see SABIN 5800 for the first edition.

$150.00

The Philosophy of Communism

By JACKSON, James E.

New York: New Century Publishers, 1963. Paperback. Leading African-American Communist's presentation at a debate held at Colby College with U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie the previous year. At the time of this text's publication, Jackson was also the editor of the newspaper The Worker. First edition, small 8vo (18.5cm.); original pink, white, and black printed staplebound wrappers; 16cm. Fine.

$15.00

Black Power and Liberation: A Communist View
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Black Power and Liberation: A Communist View

By LIGHTFOOT, Claude

[New York: New Outlook Publishers, 1967]. First Edition. Paperback. 12mo (19.75cm.); white decorative staplebound self-wrappers; 46pp. Wrappers bit dust-soiled, else Near Fine.

$20.00

The Black Muslims in America
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The Black Muslims in America

By LINCOLN, C. Eric; Gordon Allport, foreword

Boston: Beacon Press, [1961]. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo (21cm.); publisher's cloth in pictorial price-clipped dust jacket; xi,[1],276pp. Bookplate to front pastedown with previous owner's name whited out, else a clean, unmarked copy in mildly edgeworn dustjacket.

$20.00

Golden Book of Poems [alt. title "Golden Book of Original Contemporary Poems for Adults and Children"]
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Golden Book of Poems [alt. title "Golden Book of Original Contemporary Poems for Adults and Children"]

By JOHNSON McHENRY, Martha; Eideen Molloy, illus

New York: Vantage Press, [1985, 1990]. Second Printing. Paperback. Octavo (21cm.); publisher's cloth in yellow pictorial dust jacket; [8],55pp.; illus. throughout. Jacket spine a bit sunned, light soil to rear panel, else Fine. Collection of poems for children by the African American San Francisco-based educator.

$25.00

An American Looks at Russia: Can We Live in Peace? [cover title]
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An American Looks at Russia: Can We Live in Peace? [cover title]

By LIGHTFOOT, Claude

[New York: New Century Publishers, 1951]. First Edition. Paperback. 12mo (18.5cm.); illustrated staplebound self-wrappers; 23pp. Fine condition. Address by the African-American state secretary of the Communist Party in Illinois, delivered on the 33rd anniversary of the Russian Revolution and calling for peaceful coexistance at the height of McCarthyism. SEIDMAN L236.

$20.00

Evidences of Progress Among Colored People
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Evidences of Progress Among Colored People

By [AFRICAN AMERICANA] RICHINGS, G.F.

Philadelphia: Geo. S. Ferguson Co, 1896. Second Edition. Hardcover. Volume documenting the various advancements made by African Americans after emancipation, in an effort to refute the "growing impression and a growing sentiment in this country that the colored people, as a class, have not, and are not, making any progress; or, that they have not improved the educational opportunities offered them by the philanthropic white people who have proven themselves friendly to the cause of Negro education" (p.vii). Richings cites the advancements made by Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Methodist, A.M.E., and Presbyterian schools and several universities, featuring prominent individuals in the fields of law, medicine, business, and communications. Octavo (19.25cm); grayish-green cloth, with titles stamped in black on spine; floral endpapers; xvi,17-432pp; illus. Modest wear to extremities, toning to preliminary leaves, with a thin crack to gutter at p.432; lacks the terminal blank page; Very Good.

$100.00

Block Party: New York City, Soul of Summer
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Block Party: New York City, Soul of Summer

By ZACA, Anderson

[Brooklyn: Time Clickers INC, 2015]. First Edition. Hardcover. Oblong quarto (21x26cm.); publisher's photo-illustrated paper-covered boards; 111pp.; chiefly black and white photographs. A hint of soil, else Near Fine condition. Collection of photographs taken at block parties around New York City, by the Brazilian-born, Brookyn-based photographer. OCLC locates two copies as of May, 2019, at the Brooklyn Public Library and the International Center of Photography.

$60.00

The Conjure Woman
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The Conjure Woman

By [AFRICAN AMERICANA] CHESNUTT, Charles W[addell]

Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1899. First Trade Edition. Hardcover. Chesnutt's first book, a collection of seven stories "in Negro dialect, put in the words of an old Negro gardener and related by him in each instance to the same audience, which consisted of the Northern lady and gentleman who employed him. They are naive and simple stories dealing with alleged incidents of chattel slavery as the old had known it and as I have heard of it, and centering around the professional activities of old Aunt Peggy, the plantation conjure woman and others of that ilk" (Blockson, pp.39-40). Preceded by a limited edition of 150 copies. BLOCKSON 49; WORK, p.472; WRIGHT 1017 (American Fiction, 1876-1900). First Printing. Octavo (18cm); brown cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in gilt, orange, black, and gray on spine and front cover; [vi],229,[3]pp. Contemporary gift inscription (in ink) to front endpaper, hinges cracked but holding, with tears to lower preliminary leaves at gutter; sunning to spine, spine ends worn, with some rubbing to corners; internally clean, but Very Good only.

$350.00

Anticipations of the Future, to Serve as Lessons for the Present Time. In the form of extracts of Letters from an English Resident in the United States, to the London Times, from 1864 to 1870. With an appendix, on the causes and consequences of the independence of the South
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Anticipations of the Future, to Serve as Lessons for the Present Time. In the form of extracts of Letters from an English Resident in the United States, to the London Times, from 1864 to 1870. With an appendix, on the causes and consequences of the independence of the South

By [RUFFIN, Edmund]

Richmond, VA: J.W. Randolph, 1860. First Edition. Hardcover. Rather unusual library copy, with a description of the work and its author provided on Masonic Home Press letterhead: "When Edmund Ruffin heard that Lee had surrendered he called his family or some of them to him, and in this presence he blew his brains out." Indeed, the Fire-Eater author had been a staunch early secessionist, and in the present title the author turns to fiction "to create events he wished to see as facts -- the secession of the Southern states, the massacre of Northern troops, the financial failure of the Northeast, the rejection of Northern abolitionists by the Northern masses, the burning of New York City, and, ultimately, the triumph of an independent and prosperous South and the total defeat and humiliation of New England" (Fred Hobson, "'Anticipation of the Future'; Or, The Wish-Fulfillment of Edmund Ruffin," in "The Southern Literary Journal," Vol. 10, no. 1, Fall, 1977, p. 85). Perhaps not surprisingly, Ruffin would take credit for having fired the first shot at Fort Sumter, setting off the Civil War. HOWES R-493; LCP - AFRO-AMERICANA 9003. Octavo (19cm.); publisher's brown blind-embossed cloth, gilt-lettered spine; ix,[1],416,14pp. Ex-James M. Cliff Masonic Library with its pressure-stamp to title page and early 20th-century typescript note tipped at top edge of title page, glue residue to front pastedown from previously removed bookplate; extremities rubbed with rather extensive exposure of boards (possibly due to biopredation), shallow losses at spine ends, contemporary ownership signature to front free endpaper, one signature proud. A Good, internally sound copy.

$750.00

Sermons and Other Discourses with Brief Biographical Hints
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Sermons and Other Discourses with Brief Biographical Hints

By GREEN, Beriah

New York: S.W. Green, 1860. First Edition. Hardcover. Collected sermons and addresses by the abolitionist reformer Beriah Green (1794-1874). Green began his career as a professor of religious literature at Western Reserve College, though his adamant opposition to slavery would curtail his tenure at that institution, which he left around 1825 in order become the president of the Oneida Institute. He would also be a founding father and president of the American Anti-Slavery Society. See "Appleton's Cyclopædia of American Biography," Vol. 2, p. 742, citing a Utica, 1833, edition of "Sermons and Other Discourses," though a search in OCLC finds no such edition catalogued. Octavo (19cm.); publisher's tan blind-embossed cloth, gilt-lettered spine, yellow glazed endpapers; [4],556pp. Dampstaining quite badly affecting last few leaves of text, endpapers, and rear cover, bottom edge of rear cover slightly exposed, spine gilt faded. Good and complete overall.

$75.00

Memoirs of the Life of Anthony Benezet
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Memoirs of the Life of Anthony Benezet

By [BENEZET, Anthony] VAUX, Roberts

Philadelphia: James P. Parke, 1817. First Edition. Hardcover. Account of the life and works of the French-born Quaker abolitionist, founder in 1775 of one of the first anti-slavery societies, the Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage. LCP - AFRO-AMERICANA 10738; SABIN 98704; SHAW & SHOEMAKER 42769. 12mo (18cm.); publisher's brown blind-embossed cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt; v,[3],136pp.; engraved frontispiece. Some wear to extremities, corners softened, some spotting to cloth and textblock, contemporary juvenile ownership signature to front free endpaper, faint pencil notes to rear endpapers (dated 1867). Very Good and sound overall.

$300.00

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