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That Was a Time, Castlen, Harriet Gift
1 Castlen, Harriet Gift That Was a Time
New York E. P. Dutton & Co. 1937 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [ex-lending library book, but minimally marked as such (just a stamp, a small label and a pencil note on the ffep), moderate shelfwear, light soiling to covers and bottom edge; solid binding, text clean]. Dialect novel, presenting the life story of a Southern "mammy" from her birth in Africa through her years as a slave -- a misery until she was lucky(!) enough to be bought by "Marse Jimmy, a wealthy, kindly planter," after which her life (at least as reviewer Augusta Tucker described it in The New York Times) "was one of great happiness and usefulness." Ms. Tucker goes on to note that "this is the book which all Southerners intended to write about their own mammies and never did," lauding it for its authentic local color and its "excellent account of the occupations, menus and philosophies, both white and colored, on a big plantation in the far South." (Kindly Marse Jimmy's spread is near Columbus, Georgia.) 
Price: 85.00 USD
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The Big Walk, Clay, Willie T.
2 Clay, Willie T. The Big Walk
Los Angeles Ebony International Publishing Co. (c.1974) 0974240001 / 9780974240008 First Edition Softcover Very Good Illustrated by (cover) Monette T. Smith 
[moderately worn, diagonal crease at bottom corner of front cover; binding solid, internally clean]. Trade PB In 1960, Willie Clay, a Korean War veteran and head of an advertising and public relations firm in Cincinnati, decided to walk to California as a way of exploring the problems of African-Americans. This is his story of that odyssey, "A Man's Walk Across America." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Major Brown; or, Whether White or Black, A Man!, Davis, Edith Smith
3 Davis, Edith Smith Major Brown; or, Whether White or Black, A Man!
London S. W. Partridge & Co. 1898 Presumed 1st Hardcover Good 
(pictorial cloth; no dust jacket) [moderately worn but intact copy, spine turned, wear at edges and extremities, browning/soiling to page edges; small bookseller's label at upper corner of front pastedown, gift inscription (dated 1916) and recipient's name/address on ffep]. (B&W frontispiece) A novel, intended to act as a brief for racial tolerance and understanding. The author evokes "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in his preface, and pays tribute to Booker T. Washington and other "prominent coloured men," while declaring that his book "is sent out with the desire of making men and women better acquainted, not with the typical negro of minstrel shows, or with the negro as caricatured in comic newspapers, but with the refined and cultured negro gentleman." 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Spirits in the Street, Deveaux, Alexis
4 Deveaux, Alexis Spirits in the Street
Garden City NY Anchor Press/Doubleday 1974 (c.1973) 0-385-09017-X / 9780385090179 1st Paperback printing Softcover Good Illustrated by the author 
[moderate overall wear, soiling to covers, scarring on front cover from removal of old price sticker]. Trade PB (line drawings) "In this moving portrait of black life in Harlem, [the author] provides us with a most authentic view of the black American experience in the seventies as seen by one who grew up during the emergence of black consciousness." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Black English: Its History and Usage in the United States, Dillard, J.L.
5 Dillard, J.L. Black English: Its History and Usage in the United States
New York Vintage Books 1973 (c.1972) 0-394-71872-0 / 9780394718729 1st ptg. thus Softcover Very Good 
[good solid copy, pages browned, moderate edgewear]. Trade PB 
Price: 6.00 USD
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For Freedom: A Biographical Story of the American Negro, Fauset, Arthur Huff
6 Fauset, Arthur Huff For Freedom: A Biographical Story of the American Negro
Philadelphia Franklin Publishing and Supply Co. 1928 (c.1927) 3rd printing Hardcover Very Good+ Illustrated by Mabel Betsy Hill 
(decorated green cloth; no dust jacket) [slight browning to page edges, minor darkening of spine cloth, faint spotting on front cover, a bit of wear at corners, but all in all about as nice a copy of this book as you're likely to find; one-time owner's neat signature (and her room number!) on ffep, and there is some discoloration in both gutters from the cloth binding strip]. A lovely copy of this schoolbook history of African-Americans. The author was the half-brother of novelist Jessie Redmon Fauset. This appears to be the same binding -- green cloth with a pictorial depiction of Abraham Lincoln -- that was later used for the revised (1934) edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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In Black and White: An Interpretation of Southern Life, Hammond, L.H.
7 Hammond, L.H. In Black and White: An Interpretation of Southern Life
New York Fleming H. Revell Company (c.1914) NO First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [worn copy, front hinge starting, spine cloth darkened/soiled with a couple of small chunks missing at rear hinge, soiling to page edges and at bottom of rear cover, rubbing at top of front cover]. (B&W photographs) A plea on behalf of racial harmony, from a Southern perspective. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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8 Hayden, Robert, ed. Kaleidoscope: Poems by American Negro Poets
New York Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc. (c.1967) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Karolina Harris 
[solid copy, but with some spotting/soiling to top page edges, light dampstains surrounding both ends of spine; jacket rubbed, tiny tears at a couple of corners, light dampstains at top & bottom of rear panel]. "This anthology offers works by several outstanding poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including Phillis Wheatley and Paul Laurence Dunbar, but the emphasis is on poets of the twentieth century, among them James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Gwendolyn Brooks." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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"Now I Am Civilized", Huffman, Eugene Henry
9 Huffman, Eugene Henry "Now I Am Civilized"
New York AMS Press, Inc. 1975 (c.1930) 0-404-11390-7 / 9780404113902 Reprint Hardcover Fine Illustrated by Herbert Rasche 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [as new, tight and unread]. Reprint of a 1930 black-dialect novel (originally published by Wetzel Publishing Company of Los Angeles), described in an author's note as "the Satirical Reverie of an alert, close-observing, and almost entirely illiterate young Negro cook, who, after years of domestic service in the homes of the 'cultured' has commanded a parrot-like fluency of English that would do credit to many a high school graduate." He dismisses this as mere mimicry, however, further opining that "the shocking illiteracy of such Negroes soon becomes apparent to anyone who chooses to draw them out in intelligent debate." Classified as a Hollywood novel by bibliographer Anthony Slide, since the character's travels at one point land him in Tinseltown, "where he works as a cook to a movie mogul and is seduced by [a] screen siren"; this segment is relatively brief, however. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Books of American Negro Spirituals; including The Book of American Negro Spirituals and The Second Book of Negro Spirituals, Johnson, James Weldon, and J. Rosamond Johnson
10 Johnson, James Weldon, and J. Rosamond Johnson The Books of American Negro Spirituals; including The Book of American Negro Spirituals and The Second Book of Negro Spirituals
New York The Viking Press 1942 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket) [very nice clean copy with virtually no wear; binding solid with no markings of any sort in book; black lettering on spine and front cover is dark and unrubbed]. Combined edition (two volumes in one), first issued in 1940. (The original books were published in 1925 and 1926.) 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Negro in America and The Ideal American Republic, Morgan, T.J.
11 Morgan, T.J. The Negro in America and The Ideal American Republic
Philadelphia American Baptist Publication Society (c.1898) First Edition Hardcover Good 
(maroon cloth, gilt stamping on spine; no dust jacket) [moderate soiling to exterior, some mottling to spine cloth (gilt lettering still readable), front cover opens freely but hinges and binding still intact; pencilled note (non-authorial) on front pastedown about the book's having been presented to the Ladies Missionary Society at a Baptist Church (city not noted) in 1902]. The author, whose full name was Thomas Jefferson Morgan (1839-1902), states: "My grandfather was a slaveholder. My father was an Abolitionist. While a student in college I learned to believe in the doctrine of the brotherhood of man and to hate slavery. During the war [Civil War] I organized four regiments of Negro soldiers; was colonel of the Fourteenth U.S. Colored Infantry; organized and comanded the First Colored Brigade of the Army of the Cumberland, and participated in numerous engagements with both white and black soldiers. Since the war I have had an abiding and growing interest in the progress of the Negroes. For more than five years, as the executive officer of the American Baptist Home Mission Society, under whose auspices an extensive educational and missionary work has been carried on for the Negroes, I have had occasion to study their conditions critically, to make frequent public addresses, and to write numerous essays. Some of these are now printed together with the hope that they may be serviceable as well as interesting." Essay titles include: Slavery and Freedom; Negroes in the Civil War; The Higher Education of Negro Women; Religious Life Among the Negroes; Negrophobia; The Negroes Under Freedom. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The Integration of the Negro Into the U.S. Navy, Nelson, (Lt.) Dennis D.
12 Nelson, (Lt.) Dennis D. The Integration of the Negro Into the U.S. Navy
New York Farrar, Straus and Young (c.1951) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, light bumping to bottom front corner, bookplate on ffep; jacket has several small tears and shallow chipping along bottom edge, wrinkling along top edge, light soiling to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) History of racial integration in the U.S. Navy, which commenced when the Navy started drafting men in the spring of 1943, "and consequently received a far greater number of Negroes than had been accepted under the old volunteer system -- far more than could be utilized in the steward's branch or in such jobs as stevedoring and port duty," to which African-American sailors had previously been restricted. According to the jacket blurb for this obviously-officially-approved version of how this all went down, the Navy stepped up and did the Right Thing, and by the end of the war "had abolished segregation in recruit and training school camps," with the result that, six years later, "Negroes now serve in all branches of the Navy [and] Negro commissioned officers are no longer a novelty." And just to extend the self-back-patting a little more, it's further claimed that the participation of these men in the Korean War will serve "as a reminder to the Communist forces that 'class-ridden' America is capable of offering equality of opportunity to all." (Just as long as they weren't too keen on voting when they got back home.) The author himself had "entered the Navy as an enlisted man and was commissioned in the first group of 12 Negro officers, in February, 1944." 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Slave Mutiny: The Revolt on the Schooner Amistad, Owens, William A.
13 Owens, William A. Slave Mutiny: The Revolt on the Schooner Amistad
New York The John Day Company (c.1953) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[solid copy, moderate overall wear, light browning to page edges, a couple of small dents at top/bottom of covers, boards slightly exposed due to wear at corners; jacket rubbed and edgeworn, a few small tears but nothing too serious, minor chipping at top of spine]. (B&W plates) 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Negro Mystic Lore [*SIGNED*], Sims, Mamie Hunt
14 Sims, Mamie Hunt Negro Mystic Lore [*SIGNED*]
Chicago To-morrow Press 1907 NO First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid binding, not especially shelfworn, but with quite a bit of external soiling to covers and page edges, foxing to frontispiece and title page]. (frontispiece photo) INSCRIBED generically ("Very truly yrs") and SIGNED by the author on the second ffep. Short stories (some just a page in length), "nearly all of which came from Uncle Jake's lips," and are hoped by the author (a white lady, as her frontispiece portrait photo tells us) "to show the real kindly feeling existing between the people of the South and the better class of the negroes." She goes on to tell us that Uncle Jake, apparently a favored servant on her family's plantation, "took great pride in never having belonged to, or worked for, 'poor white folks,' and the blue blood of his Marster's family was a source of as much pride to him as the fact that all the horses on the plantation were thoroughbreds." (Because divining the innermost thoughts and feelings of one's faithful slaves is just the easiest thing now, isn't it? Yassuh, Marse Andy.) 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Call to Home: African Americans Reclaim the Rural South, Stack, Carol
15 Stack, Carol Call to Home: African Americans Reclaim the Rural South
New York Basicbooks (c.1996) 0-465-00809-7 / 9780465008094 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight clean copy, appears unread; jacket just a bit scuffed/rubbed, nothing serious]. The author "tells the story of a little-known yet compelling reverse exodus -- of half a million black Americans in the cities of the North, many of whom heard a call to return home to the hardscrabble life of the rural South. [The book] is the story of hardships -- of starting over, of poverty, of rural life -- but is also the story of success, of how people determined to build real communities and to set things right helped to establish the right of black Americans to participate as full citizens in the American South." 
Price: 6.00 USD
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The Incomparable Nat King Cole, Young, A.S. "Doc", ed.
16 Young, A.S. "Doc", ed. The Incomparable Nat King Cole
Fort Worth TX Sepia Publishing Company 1965 NO First Edition Stapled wraps Near Fine 
[nice and clean, with just a bit of wear at the edges, minor soft diagonal crease at upper right corner of front cover; note also that this particular copy was bound (probably in error) with double covers]. (A Sepia Celebrity Book) Series (B&W and color photographs) "Collector's Edition" memorial tribute book, issued shortly after the singer's death from cancer, at the age of 45, in February 1965. The album, in fact, begins with a eulogy, a six-page account of his funeral, and a four-page chapter about "The Last Five Days" of his life. The remainder of the 82-page book is a glowing account of "his career, his life, his legacy," profusely illustrated with photographs of him performing, hobnobbing with his many celebrity friends, his wife and children, etc. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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