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The Lynchers
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The Lynchers

By WIDEMAN, John Edgar

New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973. Hardcover. 8vo. Brick cloth with black spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 264pp. Fine/very good. Red and white portion of jacket spine heavily sunned, else fine. Ownership signature/date on front flyleaf. A tight, quite nice first edition of Wideman's third novel.

$50.00

An Autobiography of Black Chicago
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An Autobiography of Black Chicago

By TRAVIS, Dempsey J.

Chicago: Urban Research Institute, Inc, 1982. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black paper over boards with white lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xix, 378pp. Numerous illustrations. Very good/very good. Quite minor binding and jacket edgewear. Tight, attractive second printing of this encyclopedic chronicle of African-Americans in Chicago, signed and inscribed large and bold in black ballpoint by the author on the title page: "To Anita Gold, / With my very / best wishes -- / Dempsey J. Travis / 1-20-83." Travis (1920-2009) was a noted black Chicago historian and activist and Gold (1932-2012) a "Chicago Tribune" journalist with a popular nationally syndicated antiques column.

$75.00

Aggrey of Africa: A Study in Black and White
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Aggrey of Africa: A Study in Black and White

By SMITH, Edwin W.

New York: The Phelps-Stokes Fund, 1929. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with paper spine label, dust jacket. xii, 292pp. Frontispiece, map endpapers. Very good/good plus. Faintest binding wear to otherwise near fine volume; lightly edgeworn jacket has curious large (4" X 1¼") paper loss along spine center. A tight and attractive first edition of this biography of the influential, Ghana-born black American missionary and educator who traveled throughout Africa, published in the year of his death. Quite scarce in the dust jacket.

$125.00

Lincoln's Kalamazoo Address Against Extending Slavery
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Lincoln's Kalamazoo Address Against Extending Slavery

By LINCOLN, Abraham

Detroit: Fine Book Circle, 1941. Hardcover. Life by Joseph J. Lewis, annotated by Thomas I. Starr. Small 4to. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 63pp. Illustrations. Fine/fine. Text of Lincoln's August 27, 1856 speech, limited to 1000 copies. A superb, bright, handsome copy -- rather uncommon.

$50.00

The Life of Olaudah Equiano: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, The African

By EQUIANO, Olaudah

Chicago: R.R. Donnelly & Sons Company, 2004. Hardcover. Edited by Joanna Brooks. 16mo. Green cloth with gilt lettering and rules. liii, 406pp, (2pp). Top edge gilt. Frontispiece, illustrations (some color), maps, decorative endpapers. Fine. Tight and pristine first of this 102nd volume in the "Lakeside Classics" series. The true first edition was published in London in 1789.

$20.00

History of the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue

By SHIPHERD, Jacob R. (compiler)

Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1859. Hardcover. Small 4to. Original blind-ruled grown cloth with gilt spine lettering. viii, 280pp. Good plus overall. While inner hinges and text block are a solid very good, clean and nice, the binding is quite rough and edgeworn, especially along length of spine, which is chipped along the top, and rear board cloth mottled. A tight and decent first edition of this court case transcript introduced by Henry E. Peck and Ralph Plumb -- a famed test of the Fugitive Slave Law involving an escaped slave from Kentucky and the owner's attempt to reclaim him in Ohio. HOWES S 419.

$95.00

Kingdom Coming: The Emancipation Proclamation of September 22, 1862

By WILEY, Bell Irvin

Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 1963. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff blue wrappers. 18pp. Very good. Faintest of edgewear, with price sticker mark near bottom of front and rear wrapper. Tight and nice first edition of Wiley's address before the Chicago Historical Society of September 21, 1962.

$20.00

To Secure These Rights: The Report of the President's Committee on Civil Rights

By WILSON, Charles E. (chairman)

Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1947. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff blue wrappers with white lettering. xii, 178pp. Illustrations (1 tipped in), tables, graphs. Very good. Faint wear to outer wrappers (only), else near fine. A tight and attractive first edition.

$25.00

Lincoln and Black Freedom: A Study in Presidential Leadership
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Lincoln and Black Freedom: A Study in Presidential Leadership

By COX, LaWanda

Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1994. Paperback. Foreword by James M. McPherson. 8vo. xvii, 254pp. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. Near fine. A tight and quite nice first paperback edition of this 1981 study.

$15.00

Freedom's Champion: Elijah Lovejoy
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Freedom's Champion: Elijah Lovejoy

By SIMON, Paul

Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1994. Hardcover. Foreword by Clarence Page. 8vo. Tan cloth with black spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xx, 206pp. Illustrations. Fine/fine. A tight and superb first edition of this uncommon biography of the Illinois abolitionist, signed large and bold by Simon in blue marker on the half-title page, where he also dates it "12-26-94."

$35.00

Light in the Dark Belt: The Story of Rosa Young as Told by Herself

By YOUNG, Rosa

St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1930. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Olive green cloth with black lettering. 148pp. Illustrations. Very good. Tight, clean and nice second printing of this slim memoir by the pioneering African-American educator (1890-1971) who focused on rural youth in Alabama's "black belt" and has been called the "mother of Black Lutheranism." Uncommon.

$50.00

The Autobiography of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life from the Last Decade of Its First Century
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The Autobiography of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life from the Last Decade of Its First Century

By DU BOIS, W.E.B.

New York: International Publishers, 1991. Paperback. Small 8vo. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. 448pp. Near fine. Quite tight and nice later (11th) printing of this posthumously-published 1968 memoir by the renowned African-American author, historian, educator and Civil Rights activist (1868-1963). A sharp, lovely copy.

$17.50

Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South
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Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South

By FOX-GENOVESE, Elizabeth

Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1988. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. xvii, 544pp. Map, illustrations. Very good. Minor edgewear; yellow remainder mark on bottom page edges. A tight and nice fourth printing of this thick study. Name/address label inside front wrapper and rear flyleaf of noted pediatric medicine specialist and book collector Ralph C. Gordon.

$10.00

Ku Klux Conspiracy
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Ku Klux Conspiracy

By (KU KLUX KLAN)

Gretna, LA: Firebird Press Book, 2001. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. 632pp. Numerous tables. Very good. Minor wear to outer wrappers (only), else internally fine. A tight, attractive facsimile reprint of the 1872 "Report of the Joint Select Committee to Inquire Into the Condition of Affairs in the Late Insurrection States."

$25.00

The WPA Oklahoma Slave Narratives
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The WPA Oklahoma Slave Narratives

By BAKER, T. Lindsay, and BAKER, Julie P. (editors)

Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1996. Hardcover. Small 4to. Full black leatherette with light blue spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xvi, 543pp. Illustrations. Fine/fine. A superbly tight and handsome second printing of this hefty compilation of reminiscences gathered during the Depression -- 14 of them never before published.

$30.00

Everybody Say Freedom: Everything You Need to Know About African-American History
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Everybody Say Freedom: Everything You Need to Know About African-American History

By NEWMAN, Richard, and SAWYER, Marcia

New York: Plume, 1996. Paperback. Small 8vo. Stiff pictorial wrappers. xv, 318pp. Near fine. Henry Louis Gates Jr. introduces this compact primer. A tight, attractive first edition.

$20.00

W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963
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W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963

By LEWIS, David Levering

New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2000. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. xiv, 715pp. Illustrations. Near fine. A tight, attractive first softbound edition of this Pulitzer Prize winner.

$20.00

This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer
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This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

By MILLS, Kay

New York: Plume, 1994. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. xv, 390pp, (4pp ads). Illustrations. Very good. Faint edgewear. Tight, nice third printing of the softbound edition of the story of this Mississippi Civil Rights activist (1917-77).

$15.00

Conscience and Slavery: The Evangelistic Calvinist Domestic Missions, 1837-1861

By HOWARD, Victor B.

Kent, OH: The Kent State University Press, 1990. Hardcover. Small 4to. Green cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xv, 263pp. Fine/fine. Superb, tight and pristine first edition.

$25.00

Black Americans: The FBI Files
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Black Americans: The FBI Files

By O'REILLY, Kenneth (editor)

New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1994. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. 518pp. Near fine. Faint edgewear to outer wrappers (only). Tight nice first edition of this thick report on the FBI's files on such figures as Medger Evers, Paul Robeson, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, James Baldwin, W.E.B. DuBois, Bayard Rustin and others.

$20.00

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