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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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4 Deveaux, Alexis Spirits in the Street
Garden City NY Anchor Press/Doubleday 1974 (c.1973) 1st thus Softcover Good+ Illustrated by (drawings) the author 
[moderate overall wear, soiling to covers, scarring on front cover from removal of old price sticker]. Trade PB "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: 10.00 USD
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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: 8.00 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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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: 50.00 USD
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8 Harding, Vincent The Other American Revolution
Los Angeles/Atlanta Center for Afro-American Studies (CAAS) /Institute of the Black World 1982 (c.1980) 0-934934-10-X / 9780934934107 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[tight clean copy, very light shelfwear; jacket shows some wear and minor chipping at edges]. (Afro-American Culture and Society, Volume 4) Series "A striking difference between this book and other surveys of the centuries-old black struggle for freedom in the United States is the perspective of its scholar-historian-philosopher-activist author, who has participated in the movements for freedom, justice and social transformation of the past quarter century. [He] developed [the book] from research and writing initially geared toward an aborted television series scheduled for airing between 1975 and 1976, the Bicentennial year, which is part of the significance of the book's title. In it he tells the story of the people, the movements, and the ideas that have given substance to one of the longest unbroken struggles for liberation in the modern world; and he concludes with perspectives on the modern period from Martin Luther King's assassination to 1979." A cover blurb adds that the book "explodes the racist myth that before the Freedom Movement of the 1950s and 1960s black people were only passive victims -- long suffering but incapable of initiating effective struggle. Resistance and rebellion are revealed as persistent themes of black American history, and the crucial role played by the black movement in the struggle to transform the whole American society is made clear." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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9 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
10 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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Mules and Men, Hurston, Zora Neale
11 Hurston, Zora Neale Mules and Men
Philadelphia J.B. Lippincott Company 1935 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good dj Illustrated by Miguel Covarrubias 
[solid, clean book with only light shelfwear to bottom edge; the jacket is somewhat darkened with age, with some minor paper loss at several corners and spine ends, some surface-scraping across the title on the front panel but no impact to the Covarrubias illustration; the jacket has also undergone some internal repair and reinforcement -- NOT restoration -- by a professional conservator]. (10 B&W line drawings) Hurston's second published book, and her first collection of African-American folklore (the second, "Tell My Horse," would appear in 1938). She had actually been shopping the idea of a "story book," drawing from the material she'd gathered (under the patronage of Charlotte Osgood Mason) in small communities in Alabama and Florida from 1927 to 1931, to publishers for several years. However, it wasn't until the success of her first novel, "Jonah's Gourd Vine," in 1934, that she was able to raise any serious interest -- and even then, the publisher felt that the folklore material alone was not enough for an entire book, and persuaded Hurston to augment it with various other stories she had written, and a condensed version of an article on hoodoo that she'd published in an folklore journal in 1931. The book was not universally well-received by critics (even black critics) at the time, but is now regarded as a classic of African-Americana and one of its author's most valuable works. [PLEASE NOTE that the somewhat fragile dust jacket on this book has benefited from some modest internal repair and reinforcement -- NOT restoration -- by a professional conservator.] 
Price: 1650.00 USD
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Tell My Horse, Hurston, Zora Neale
12 Hurston, Zora Neale Tell My Horse
Philadelphia/New York J.B. Lippincott Company (c.1938) 2nd impression Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) "FL" 
[moderate wear to extremities, previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown and his signature on half-title page, with some research notes and marginalia in the first 60 pages or so, plus various indications of where it belonged in his private collection, but all in all still a solid, attractive copy; colorful jacket has only a bit of wear at spine ends, a light diagonal scratch on the front panel, minor soiling to rear panel]. (sepia-tone photographs, photographic endpapers) Hurston's classic about the practice of voodoo in Haiti and Jamaica, based on her visit to the islands on a Guggenheim Fellowship. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Black Manhattan, Johnson, James Weldon
13 Johnson, James Weldon Black Manhattan
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1930 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [solid copy, a couple of bumped corners, light spotting/foxing to first few pages; jacket browned (especially at spine), moderate wear and shallow chipping along top edge, bottom 1-1/2" of spine missing, old internal brown-tape repair at rear top foldover]. (illustrated endpapers, B&W plates) A history of African-Americans in New York City, with emphasis on their contributions to the city's cultural life. A major work by this major Harlem Renaissance figure, very uncommon in the dust jacket. 
Price: 700.00 USD
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Saint Peter Relates an Incident: Selected Poems, Johnson, James Weldon
14 Johnson, James Weldon Saint Peter Relates an Incident: Selected Poems
New York The Viking Press 1935 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[slight bumping to corners, attractive vintage bookplate on front pastedown; jacket show some shallow chipping along top and bottom edges, a few small tears]. "The present volume, representing as it does some of [the author's] finest work over a period of many years, will be valued by its readers both as poetry of remarkable beauty and as a revealing portrait of the mind of a great leader." Among the more than forty works included are the words for "Lift Every Voice and Sing," referred to as "the Negro National Hymn," along with a few with what seem like somewhat less uplifting themes, e.g. "Brer Rabbit, You's de Cutes' of 'em All." Per the Foreword, the volume includes a "small number" of heretofore uncollected poems, although they are not specified. 
Price: 40.00 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
15 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.
16 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.
17 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.
18 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
19 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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20 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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