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Image for Souvenir Programme Paul Robeson Peace Arch Concert, August 1, 1954

Souvenir Programme Paul Robeson Peace Arch Concert, August 1, 1954

By: Robeson, Paul, et al

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Vancouver BC, Union Printers Ltd.: 1954

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16432

Condition: Very Good-


Stapled, beige program with green titles and green-tinted photograph of Robeson. Some, mainly light, edge and corner wear but with some toning and soiling including several small spots on the wraps. Please see scan. This is a program for the third Peace Arch Concert given by Paul Robeson on the US-Canadian border. Because of Robeson's sympathies toward Communism the US Government had taken his passport and he was not allowed to leave the country. The first Peace Arch Concert was held on the border near Vancouver in 1952. This third Concert was the last. WorldCat locates only one copy of this p... View more info

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I May Be Crazy But I Ain't No Fool

By: Rogers, Alex (sung by Bert Williams)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, The Attucks Music Publishing Company: 1904

Edition: First Edition (?)

Seller ID: 16694

Condition: Very Good


This is over-sized (4to) sheet music featuring and image of a church against the moon withbats overhead. Inserted is a photograph of the great, African-American star, Bert Williams in blackface. There is some minor edge, corner and surface wear, includinf some short creases and light scuffs at some extremities. A former owner's name is written near the top among the bats.Overall, this music is VG, maybe slightly better. This is one of Bert William's well-known performance songs, but it also has a wonderful group of associations. Bert Williams is featured in a photo and his duo, Williams and Wa... View more info

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Eubie Blake

By: Rose, Al

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Schirmer Books: 1979

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15581

ISBN: 0028721705

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good- dust jacket


Book has only very light shelf wear. Jacket has some edge and corner wear with some slight scuffing and creasing along tob front edge and damage, tearing and creasing, at base of spine. See scan. Very thorough biography of Blake with an excellent assortment of photos. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 214 pages View more info

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From Slavery to Wealth: The Life of Scott Bond, the Rewards of Honesty, Industry, Economy, and Perseverance

By: Rudd, Dan. A. and Theo. Bond

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Madison, The Journal Printing Company: 1917

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15399

Condition: Very Good


Deep green cloth with gilt titles and decorations on front and spine. (There were apparently several variants in the color of the cloth none of which takes pecedence.) This copy has some edge, corner and surface wear along with an area of small dark stains on the front. See scan. There is a small (2 1/2 X 3 1/2) rectangle of paper pasted to the top right corner of the rear pastedown. This and a small area of light discoloration at the bottom of the spine may indicate that this copy was once in a library. I can find no other evidence that it was. The book is square and securely bound, a solid c... View more info

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"Tom" An Autobiography with Revised Negro Melodies

By: Rutling, Thomas

Price: $1,850.00

Publisher: Torrington, N. Devon, Thos. J. Dyer, Printer: ca. 1907

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16346

Condition: Very Good


Original printed wrappers, chip to backstrip, otherwise minor wear; foxing to title page and frontispiece, otherwise minimal wear to contents.Overall VG.This is a narrative written by a former member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Rutling was born a slave in Tennesse and experienced the loss of his mother who was sold. He was freed in 1865 and was able to go to Fisk in Nashville, Tennessee. He became one of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers and stayed with the group until he left them in England and refused to return to America. He became a true celebrity in England. This short autobiography was... View more info

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Is The Negro a Beast?: A Reply to Chas. Carroll's Book Entitled "The Negro a Beast

By: Schell, Wm. G.

Price: $350.00

Publisher: Moundsville, WV, Gospel Trumpet Publishing Company: 1901

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16742


This book was an answer to to Charles Carroll's The Negro a Beast, a controversial and virulently racist work, published in 1900. Schell here refutes Carroll's arguments, primarily on theological grounds. The debate on race in America has been and is of primary concern. This copy has some edge, corner and surface wear. The ffep is detached but present and there is a personal bookplate on the front pastedown. The book has normal aging both interior and exterior. Still square with a secure binding. It is in the G+ to VG- range.; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 238 pages View more info

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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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Black Movie

By: Smith, Danez

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Minneapolis, Button Poetry/Exploding Pinecone Press: 2015

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16774

ISBN: 194373500X

Condition: Near Fine


This book has only very light shelf wear. This is a small selection of poetry by Smith who has won the Lamda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Button Poetry Prize. One of his books was a National Book Award Finalist and he placed second in the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam. He is a significant voice in contemporary poetry. This book won the Button Poetry Prize. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 40 pages 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 Underground Rail Road: A Record Of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c., Narrating The Hardships, Hair-breadth Escapes, And Death Struggles Of The Slaves In Their Efforts for Freedom ...

By: Still, William

Price: $6,500.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Porter & Coates: 1872

Edition: 1st Edition; 1st Printing

Seller ID: 16793


Frontispiece portrait and 23 other plates, plus text illustrations. iv, 780 pages. Publisher's green, panelled cloth with gilt tiles and decorations. This is the first edition of this monumental study, made all the more valuable as it was written by one of the most active conductors on the Railroad, and written shortly after the Civil War and emancipation. The book was sold by subscription with four variant bindings. This binding is listed on the title page as "Paneled Style, full gilt ... 4.50. This copy has essentially light general edge, corner and surface wear with anticipated aging along ... View more info