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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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My Life in the South

By: Stroyer, Jacob

Price: $280.00

Publisher: Salem, Newcomb and Gauss: 1898

Edition: New and Enlarged

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 7350

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Green boards have some sunning along edgedges as well as along the spine. Looks as if other books were stacked on this one over a long period of time. Otherwise the book is secure and well-bound, no tears or parting. Very light edge and corner wear. Very attractive copy. ; B&W Photo frontispiece; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Stroyer was a former slave who became a well-known preacher in Massachusetts. This memoir was originally published in 1879, but this New and Enlarged version is generally accepted as the more complete and more important edition. This copy is a 1st thus and is signed by Shroy... 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

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

Image for Negro Advancement Week Handbill, Charles Town West Virginia, 1931

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

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Fayette County, Tennessee, Tragedy and Confrontation

By: Walls, Dwayne

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Atlanta, Southern Regional Council: 1969

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15635

Condition: Very Good


Side-staple, light gray wraps with white and deep brown lettering. Title is on the ffep showing through a rectangular cutout in the front wrap. Someone has written two note on the ffep in black ink. The note showing with the title reads, " 1) Tent City - 1960 2) White violence - 1969, voting & school deseg." The second note, at top of ffep, reads, "Tent city - Fayette County - 1960 (dispossessed Black farmers (?) who registered to vote.)" This Southern Regional Council report deals with the issues in the two notes in much detail. This is a significant Civil Rights-era document.... View more info

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Booker T. Washington, Typed Fundraising Letter Signed, Tuskegee letterhead

By: Washington, Booker T.

Price: $650.00

Publisher: Tuskegee, Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute: 1898

Seller ID: 16347


One-page, typed letter, signed by Booker T. Washington, on Tuskegee letterhead, with envelope, seeking financial aid from Mr. Sheldon T. Viele of Buffalo, NY. The letter has mailing folds and age-toning but is otherwise close to near fine. ; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 1 pages View more info

Image for Some like it Dark : the Intimate Autobiography of a Negro Call Girl

Some like it Dark : the Intimate Autobiography of a Negro Call Girl

By: Washington, Kipp (as told to Leo Guild)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House: 1966

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 11802

Condition: Very Good+


Color, pictorial wraps (photo of black woman) with very light edge and corner wear. Some sort of very light soiling on back; at first I thought it was just part of the design. Spine is neither cracked nor creased. Book is square and securely bound. Close to near fine. Very attractive copy. Holloway House books are often tricky to identify but this is a stated first from 1966 with the number HH-122. Holloway House used HH numbers only in the 1960's. This book initiated Holloway House into the urban black market. At the time (1966) the company had been publishing a variety of subjects most of wh... View more info

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Eyewitness: Peekskill U.S.A. Aug. 27; Sept. 4, 1949

By: Westchester Committee for a Fair Inquiry Into the Peekskill Violence

Price: $125.00

Publisher: White Plains, Westchester Committee for a Fair Inquiry Into the Peekskill Violence: 1949

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16413

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, gray wraps with white titles. Some light edge and corner wear, mainly small scuffs from use along with light toning/soiling. Still square and securely bound, an attractive copy. Back cover features a statement by Paul Robeson. After a Robeson concert in Westchester County, NY, attendees were violently attacked by white mobs with what appeared to be the blessing of the police who simply watched the events. Robeson's Communist sympathies along with racism appeared to be the motivations for the attack. This booklet, aimed at seeking justice, includes a full account of the incident along ... View more info

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A Century of Fiction by American Negroes, 1853-1952

By: Whiteman, Maxwell

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Press of Maurice Jacobs: 1955

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16235

Condition: Very Good


Book is square and securely bound. It has light overall wear and aging, a solid very good copy. Well-done bibliography of 100 years of fiction by African-Americans. Concludes with a brief list of books that have been wrongly classidied in other souces as African-American fiction. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 64 pages View more info

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Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till Story

By: Wideman, John Edgar

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Scribner: 2017

Edition: First Edition Thus; First Printing

Seller ID: 16382

ISBN: 1501147293

Condition: Near Fine


Book is as new except for remainder mark on bottom edge. This is John Edgar Wideman's attempt to discover/uncover the life of Louis Till, the father of Emmett Till. Louis Till was executed during World War II for committing rape and murder. In this unusual volume, Wideman pieces together a story that links father and son. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 193 +Interview pages View more info

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The Crusader, March 1968, Vol. 9 No.4

By: Williams, Robert F.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Peking, Robert F. Williams: 1968

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16419


Stapled, off-white newsprint, self-wraps with black titles and B&W drawing/cartoon illustration. Some light wear and aging along with an old diagonal crease on the rear wraps and a light ding to the bottom right corner. This issue is in the VG to VG+ range, still square and securely bound. An attractive copy. This issue of Robert Williams' The Crusader states that it was published in China while he was "IN EXILE". Williams had worked actively for Civil Rights in Monroe, North Carolina, beginning as President of the local NAACP. Over time he became more and more radicalized until he fle... View more info

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Lobby Card for Juke Joint

By: Williams, Spencer (director and author)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: (Dallas), Sack Amusement Enterprises: 1947

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15845

Condition: Very Good


This lobby card is for the all-black-cast movie, Juke Joint, starring Spencer Williams. The card has some, relatively light edge, corner and surface wear with multiple pin holes at each corner and a few others along the edges. There is an "R" written in ink on the shoulder of Spencer Williams' shirt. Spencer Williams is most remembered as playing Andy on the 1950's TV series, Amos and Andy. The show became quite controversial during the Civil Rights era and Williams has become somewhat forgotten. He was, however, a pioneer of African-American cinema as technician, writer, director and producer... View more info

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Pictorial Album: Pyramid Club, Philadelphia Pa. 1947-48

By: Wilson, Samuel E. (ed.)

Price: $175.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, The Pyramid Club: 1947

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15871

Condition: Very Good


Large, stapled, yearbook/magazine with photo of African-American woman in B&W and an orange pyramid and desert in background. Titles are in black and white. There is some edge, corner and surface wear. There was also a dampstain long ago on the right front edge slightly above center. It affects about forty interior pages to a lighter and lighter degree. Not particularly noticeable. The album is square and securely bound. The Pyramid Club was a black business club in Philadelphia from 1937 to 1963. This album shows club members in various activities and shows a side of African-American life in ... View more info

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Great Negro Baseball Stars and How They Made the Major Leagues

By: Young, A. S. Doc

Price: $90.00

Publisher: New York, A. S. Barnes and Company: 1953

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 13304

Condition: Very Good+ in Good+ dust jacket


Gray cloth with green titles on spine. Very light, general wear with some interior toning and smalled pulled area (scuff) on front pastedown. Square and securely bound. Jacket has edge, corner and surface wear with small chips. Price-clipped. Still attractive. In Mylar. "Doc" Young was an African-American sportswriter and Hollywood publicist. This is an exceptional survey of the first black ballplayers in the major leagues. It was written only five years after the major leagues were integrated.; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 248 pages; View more info