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Letter for Detroit YMCA / NAACP

By: Scruggs, Ramon S.

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Detroit, Ramon S. Scruggs: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15260

Condition: Near Fine


Letter has very light aging and mailing folds. About near fine. Ramon S. Scruggs was the first African-American in Detroit to rise to the upper levels of business management, working in the upper echelons at both Michigan Bell and AT&T. He became nationally known and worked diligently for Civil Rights into the 1970's. Before joining Michigan Bell, Scruggs worked for the Detroit Urban League and for the Detroit YMCA. This letter reflects his interest in Civil Rights as he seeks funds from fellow Fisk University graduates for the NAACP National Convention that was to be held in Detroit in 1937. ... View more info

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Character Pieces and Bits of Me

By: Sessions, B. J.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Jacksonville, Jean-Aubrey Ideas, Inc.: 1984

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 15904

Condition: Near Fine


Book has only very light, general wear and aging -- in tiny ding on bottom right corner, along with light aging. Spine is neither creased nor cracked and book appears unread. Signed twice by author, with name only at half title and with inscroption at colophon. Stated First Edition of this collection of poems by Jacksonville Florida poet, Bettye Sessions. ; B&W Line Drawings; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 74 pages View more info

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Othello, The Moor of Venice, Program, 1945

By: Shakespeare, William (Paul Robeson)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, The Theatre Guild: 1945

Seller ID: 16434

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, beige wraps with red image and titles. Some general, edge, corner and suface wear, though still an attractive VG copy. This program is for the Margaret Webster production of Othello, which rather controversially casrt Paul Robeson as the Moor. Jose Ferrer played Iago and Uta Hagan, Desdemona. There are many photographs from the production with several dramatic shots of Robeson. ; B&W Photographs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; Unpaginated pages View more info

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Early Georgia, Fall 2007

By: Shirk, Elizabeth C. (ed.)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Athens, Society for Georgia Archaeology: 2007

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16144

Condition: Near Fine


This copy has only very light, general wear. The Table of Contents is listed in the second scan. Early Georgia is a large format magazine devoted to Georgia archaeology. This issue focuses on archaeological work on African-American sites in the state, including: St. Simons Island, Savannah, Gwinnett County, Hephzibah and others. Many illustrations. ; B&W Illustrations; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 101-182 pages View more info

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Early Georgia, Spring 2008

By: Shirk, Elizabeth C. (ed.)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Athens, Society for Georgia Archaeology: 2008

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16145

Condition: Near Fine


This copy has only very light, general wear. The Table of Contents is listed in the second scan. Early Georgia is a large format magazine devoted to Georgia archaeology. This issue focuses on archaeological work on African-American sites in the state, including: Richmond Hill, Ossabaw Island, Bryan County, Milledgeville, Springfield and others. Many illustrations. ; B&W Illustrations; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 96 pages View more info

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Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery

By: Sims, Lowery Stokes, Kathleen Hulser and Cynthia R. Copeland

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, New York Historical Society: 2006

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15631

Condition: Near Fine


Some light scuffing along edges; book feels unread. About NF. This book was published as a catlog for the exhibit, Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery, held at the New York Historical Society from June 16, 2006 to January 7, 2007. The catalog features a color plate of a work by each artist in the exhibit. Among the artists are Kara Walker, Betye Saar and Malcolm Bailey. ; Color Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 64 pages View more info

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No Disrespect

By: Sister Souljah

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Times Books: 1994

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15425

ISBN: 0812924835

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


Both book and jacket are near pristine, very close to Fine. This book is a semi-autobiographical, semi-hip hop philosophical work on the life and beliefs of rap artist Sister Souljah. Sister Souljah's views were repudiated by Bill Clinton in 1992 when she suggested that there were no good white people. A politician's repudiation of someone who is basically a supporter is now called a "Sister Souljah Moment." Signed copy.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 360 pages; Signed by Author View more info

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Images of Blacks in American Culture

By: Smith, Jessie Carney (ed.)

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Greenwood Press: 1988

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15586

ISBN: 0313248443

Condition: Near Fine with No dust jacket as issued


Orange cloth with black titles in red frame. This book has only very light, general shelf wear. Square and secuely bound. Very attractive. The book provides essays by different authorities as well as a selected bibliography on the ways African-Americans have been depicted in various types of American culture from literature to music to film to toys and games. Exceptional resource. Introduction by Nikki Giovanni. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 390 pages View more info

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Lectures on the Philosophy and Practice of Slavery as Exhibited inthe Institution of Domestic Slavery

By: Smith, William A.

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Nashville, Stevenson & Evans: 1856

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16693

Condition: Very Good-


Dark brown, blindstamped cloth with gilt titles on spine. Corners slightly turned but overall a still attractive copy. The interior has some foxing, particularly on the first twenty to thirty pages. A former owner's bookplate is on the front pastedown. Book is square and securely bound with no tears or parting. Overall, this copy is VG to VG-. This book is a defense of slavery by William A. Smith who was a Methodist Episcopal minister and President of Randolph Macon College in Virginia. Smith, who was a professor in Moral and Intellectual Philosophy argued that slavery was required by scriptur... View more info

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Support Julian Bond! Join Martin Luther Ling Jr (Broadside)

By: SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and SCLC (Southern Christian Leadeship Conference)

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Atlanta, SNCC/SCLC: 1966

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16338


Broadside (5.5" X 8.5") with very light wear along edges with a horizontal fold in middle and light aging. Overall, about near fine. On January 10, 1966 Julian Bond was denied his seat in the Georgia Legislature because of his invovlement with SNCC which opposed the Vietnam War. On January 14 there was a protest march in Atlanta in support of Bond. This broadside/flyer was produced by SNCC and the SCLC to encourage participation. It was distributed mainly on college campuses. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was involved in the march and participated. There are wonderful associations on the... View more info

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The Soledad Brothers Newsletter

By: Soledad Bros. Defense Committee

Price: $2,500.00

Publisher: (Berkeley), Soledad Bros. Defense Committee: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16564

Condition: Very Good


Eight pages. The middle section (pp. 2-5) are a fold-out poster backed with an article by Angela Davis. This 16¼x11½" newspaper is folded horizontally. It has some edge toning, with small tears and creases; overall about very good. The Soledad Brothers were George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo, and John Cluchette, three African-American activists who were accused of murdering a white prison guard at California's Soledad State Prison. This newspaper, dated May 1, 1971, features commentary by Angela Davis, information about other political prisoners, and illustrations. Just two issues of Soledad ... View more info

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Race Makes the Difference: An Analysis of Sentence Disparity Among Black and White Offenders in Southern Prisons

By: Southern Regional Council

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Atlanta, Southern Regional Council: 1969

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15636

Condition: Very Good+


Side-stapled, light gray wraps with titles white and deep brown lettering. Title is on the ffep showing through a rectangular cutout in the front wrap. Overal, this is a very attractive copy of a somewhat epemeral work. The topic of this report is still quite pertinent today as disparities in prison sentences based on race is common throughout the US. ; Special Report, Southern Regional Council; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 16 pages View more info

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Cooperatives, Credit Unions and Poor People

By: Southern Regional Council

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Atlanta, Southern Regional Council: 1966

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15637

Condition: Very Good


Side-stapled, light gray wraps with titles white and deep brown lettering. Title is on the ffep showing through a rectangular cutout in the front wrap. Some toning along edges along with a tear on the rear front edge. The topic of this report ideals with possibilities of credit and finance for poor people in the South expecially African-Americans. ; Special Report, Southern Regional Council; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 16 +appendix pages View more info

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The Jerry Rescue : October 1, 1851

By: Sperry, Earl E.

Price: $80.00

Publisher: Syracuse, The Onondaga Historical Association: 1924

Edition: First Edition Thus; First Printing

Seller ID: 11910

Condition: Very Good


Brown paper wraps with beige backstrip and black titles on front. Title has been very neatly lettered on spine. Some edge and corner wear with diagonal creasing on corners, but volume is square and securely bound. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 69 pages; Speech and other material related to the rescue of a slave named Jerry before the Civil War. This volume also contains material related to the resue of another slave named Harriet Powell. View more info

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: A Case Study in Pressure Groups

By: St. James, Warren D., Ph.D.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Exposition Press: 1958

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 15626

Condition: Very Good-


Red cloth with black titles. This book is a former library books with the usual stamps and stickers. It is in VG condition otherwise with light, general wear and some aging. It is still square and securely bound, a solid, usable copy. While published through a vanity publisher, this book is actually the dissertation of the author and seems to be a rather thorough study of the NAACP, an organization to which the author was a member. Introduction by Ulysses S. Donaldson. ; Ex-Library; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 252 pages View more info

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To Live Like Paul Robeson

By: Steele, James

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, New Outlook Publishers: 1977

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16456

ISBN: 0878981241

Condition: Very Good


Except for a vertical fold and a former owner's stamp on the title page, the booklet would be NF. It was written for the 4th Annual Convention of the Young Workers Liberation League, October 7-10, 1977 . YWLL was the former name of the youth arm of the Communist Party USA. It was formed Feb. 7-9, 1970 in Chicago, as the successor to the CPUSA's earlier youth front, the WEB DuBois Clubs of America. Two of the articles were written by the YWLL National Chairman, James Steele, with an introduction by William L. Patterson, leader in the Communist Party USA and head of the International Labor Def... View more info

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Twenty-Two Years a Slave and Forty Years a Free Man; Embracing a Correspondence of Several Years, While President of Wilberforce Colony, London, Canada West

By: Steward, Austin

Price: $500.00

Publisher: Rochester, Allings & Cory: 1861

Edition: Third Edition

Seller ID: 16401


Illustrated with woodcut plates. Original blind-stamped brown cloth, lettered on spine in gilt. Laid in is a manuscript leaf with period religious reflections. Steward, a fugitive slave from Virginia, settled in Rochester, NY and participated in the underground railway. Somewhat uneasy under the protective laws of New York, he relocated to the Wilberforce Colony in Canada and worked particularly toward the emancipation of slaves from Ohio. He eventually returned to Rochester where he died of typhoid in 1867. He was one of many unsung African-Americans who worked to free slaves. Nicks and chip... View more info

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The Barbarism of Slavery: Speech of Hon. Charles Sumner on the Bill for the Admission of Kansas as a Free State

By: Sumner, Hon. Charles

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Washington DC, Thaddeus Hyatt: 1860

Edition: First Edition Thus; First Printing

Seller ID: 16047

Condition: Very Good-


Toned, beige newsprint wraps with black titles. Some edge and corner wear with a small chip on back (less than dime-sized) with small amount of advertisement text affected. (Chip is laid in.) Old stain on front that shows up on interior pages but is difficult to differentiate from the general toning of pages. This copy has been professionally tipped together and is in very nice condition despite the problems noted. Sumner's speech on the admission of Kansas was widely printed and reprinted and constitutes a fierce attack on slavery. I have not been able to determine the exact printing history,... View more info

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Jim Crow Museum Innformation Packet

By: Thorp, John P. (director)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Big Rapids, Ferris State University: 2005

Seller ID: 16286

Condition: Near Fine


This is a white folder from the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. The folder has very light wear and is about near fine. In the folder are a letter from Director John P. Thorp, two museum cards, a Xeroxed off-print of an article about the Museum and and a very nice, oblong, 11X8 booklet on the Museum featuring many color illustrations and a very informative text on the mission of the museum to document racism in America's past. ; Color and B&W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; Unpaginated pages View more info

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The Age of Gold (Poems 1968-1970)

By: Torregian, Sotere

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, The Kulchur Foundation: 1976

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16010

Condition: Very Good


White wraps with black titles and photographic images. Some light wear and aging with one small stain on front, bottom left. This was the third book by the Afro-Cuban, surrealist poet. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 128 pages View more info

Image for A Portraiture of Domestic Slavery, in the United States; Proposing National Measures for the Education and Gradual Emancipation of the Slaves, Without Impairing the Legal Privileges of the Possessor; and a Project of a Colonial Asylum for Free People of C

A Portraiture of Domestic Slavery, in the United States; Proposing National Measures for the Education and Gradual Emancipation of the Slaves, Without Impairing the Legal Privileges of the Possessor; and a Project of a Colonial Asylum for Free People of C

By: Torrey, Jesse

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, John Bioren for the Author: 1817

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16572

Condition: Fair


This copy has much wear. See scan. The spine is gone but the binding still holds and the book is square. The Frontispiece and one of the other six engravings are present; the otehr five have been removed.Jesse Torrey was a physician who did personal research and interviews to chronicle the horrors of slavery in the early Republic. This is a first edition of his important work, marred by the removed engravings. ; Engraved Frontispiece and one Engraved Plate ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 94 pages View more info

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Now Is The Time

By: Travis, Maurice E.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Detroit, National Negro Labor Council: 1951

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16427

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, pictorial wraps with B&W image and black titles This copy has light wear and ging except for the back wrap which suffered some sort of damage that caused a tear and creasing. This damage has been repaired with clear, almost unnoticeable, tap and a flattening of the creases. Overall this is a solid very good copy. This booklet is the transcript of a speech given by Maurice E. Travis who was the fiery Secretary-Treasure of the United Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, at the founding convention of the National Negro Labor Council. Travis, who lost an eye in an assault by white sup... View more info

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Press Photograph, Civil Rights, Rev. David Blake, Chicago Illinois, Dixmoor

By: United Press International

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Dixmoor, United Press International: 1964

Seller ID: 15801

Condition: Near Fine


This 9X7, B&W press photograph has no discernible wear on the image along with UPI stamps and a handwritten identification on the back. The image is of a meeting of African-Americans on August 19, 1964 at a church in Dixmoor, Illinois (suburb of Chcago) to air grievances over rioting. Relatively early, Civil Rights related image. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 1 pages View more info

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Photograph Aunt Fanny's Cabin, Smyrna Georgia

By: Unknown

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Smyrna, Photographer: ca. 1960

Seller ID: 15485

Condition: Very Good+


This is a small, B&W phtograph, (4X3 approx.) of the interior of Aunt Fanny's Cabin, a restaurant in Smyrna, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. I think the photo dates from the 1960's and shows two young African-American boys, entertaining the white patrons with, what looks to be, bongo drums. The photo is in VG condition with only light wear and aging along with some dark staining or residue on the left edge line. Probably a unique image. ; B&W Photographs; 32mo 4" - 5" tall; 1 pages View more info

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Negro Advancement Week Handbill, Charles Town West Virginia, 1931

By: Unknown

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Charles Town, MT. Zion M. E. Church: 1931

Seller ID: 16387

Condition: Very Good


This is a small handbill/flyer promoting Negro Advancement Week in Charles Town, West Virginia. I have not been able to find any specific information on this event, but West Virginia did have a number of such events sponsored by African-American churches and organizations in the first half of the 20th century. The listed speakers seem to have been connected with black colleges and churches. While this handbill has very light edge and corner wear, there is a good bit of staining or toning. Please see scan. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 1 pages View more info