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  • Freedom's Crucible: The Underground Railroad in Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas, 1854-1865: A Reader by Sheridan, Richard B. (editor)
    Sheridan, Richard B. (editor)
    Freedom's Crucible: The Underground Railroad in Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas, 1854-1865: A Reader

    Lawrence: University of Kansas, 2000. 190 pages. ISBN: 9780936352152.

    Later printing. A fine copy in wrappers (paperback).

    Book ID: 252112
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  • W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century 1919-1963 by [Du Bois, W.E.B.]; Lewis, David Levering
    [Du Bois, W.E.B.]; Lewis, David Levering
    W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century 1919-1963

    New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2000. 715 pages. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer. ISBN: 9780805025347.

    Second printing. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 246004
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  • Don't Cry, Scream by Lee, Don L.; introductio by Gwendolyn Brooks
    Lee, Don L.; introductio by Gwendolyn Brooks
    Don't Cry, Scream

    Detroit: Broadside Press, 1969. 64 pages. ISBN: B0010HN2WA.

    Third printing. Very good in stapled wrappers (paperback).

    Book ID: 245494
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  • Black Spark, White Fire: Did African Explorers Civilize Ancient Europe? by Poe, Richard
    Poe, Richard
    Black Spark, White Fire: Did African Explorers Civilize Ancient Europe?

    First Edition

    Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, 1997. 554 pages. Explores "evidence from linguistics, archaeology, and anthropology, suggesting that Egyptian explorers may have landed in Greece 3 to 4,000 years ago, reared cities and pyramids, established cults, and founded royal dynasties" -- from the front flap. Foreword by Molefi Kete Asante. With an 8-page section of illustrations in black-and-white. ISBN: 086874507586.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the title page and dated 1998. From the Harvard office library of the paleontologist and leading advocate for evolution, Stephen Jay Gould.

    Book ID: 236416
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  • Freedom Mean Vote for Aaron Henry
    Freedom Mean Vote for Aaron Henry

    [Jackson, MS?]: [Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party], [1964]. Photographic poster, 10-3/8 by 16-3/8 inches. At the 1964 Democratic National Convention, in Atlantic City, delegates from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MDFP) challenged the all-white delegation from Mississippi claiming segregationists had prevented African Americans from voting in the primaries. The MFDP went a step further, arguing that it had selected delegates according to Democratic rules and that the MFDP's integrated delegation was therefore the legitimate convention delegation. Ultimately, Democratic Party leaders and the MFDP worked out a compromise that allowed the delegation to stay, mostly as non-voting guests, and the Democratic Party promised that the 1968 convention would not accept delegations elected without African American voters. Many white Democrats from the…

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    [Jackson, MS?]: [Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party], [1964]. Photographic poster, 10-3/8 by 16-3/8 inches. At the 1964 Democratic National Convention, in Atlantic City, delegates from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MDFP) challenged the all-white delegation from Mississippi claiming segregationists had prevented African Americans from voting in the primaries. The MFDP went a step further, arguing that it had selected delegates according to Democratic rules and that the MFDP's integrated delegation was therefore the legitimate convention delegation. Ultimately, Democratic Party leaders and the MFDP worked out a compromise that allowed the delegation to stay, mostly as non-voting guests, and the Democratic Party promised that the 1968 convention would not accept delegations elected without African American voters. Many white Democrats from the South walked out of the convention, marking the beginning of the Southern embrace of the Republication Party.

    Following the convention, the MFDP continued its campaign, scheduling a "freedom ballot" on the same day as the presidential election. It was an opportunity for disenfranchised African Americans to practice voting. The MFDP nominated Lyndon Johnson as president, Hubert Humphrey as vice-president, Mississippi NAACP leader Aaron Henry for senate, Fannie Lou Hamer for US Congress in the 2nd District, Annie Devine in the 4th, and Victoria Gray in the 5th.

    The MFDP printed posters for all six candidates, and they are scarce today. A key and iconic item from the Civil Rights Movement. ISBN: 281AIB1045117.

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    Minor wear and tanning. Generally very good or better. [JSP01; JHG2019]

    Book ID: 233380
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  • A Festival of Violence: An Analysis of Southern Lynchings, 1882-1930 by Tolnay, Stewart E. and E. M. Beck
    Tolnay, Stewart E. and E. M. Beck
    A Festival of Violence: An Analysis of Southern Lynchings, 1882-1930

    First Edition

    Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1995. 297 pages. Illustrated in black-and-white. ISBN: 9780252064135.

    First paperback edition (first printing). A fine copy in wrappers (paperback).

    Book ID: 232964
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  • Ruchell Magee: Solitary Slave Strike by [Magee, Ruchell]
    [Magee, Ruchell]
    Ruchell Magee: Solitary Slave Strike

    (N.-pl. but San Francisco Bay Area): (n.p.), 1973. 8-1/2 by 11 inches. Flyer, reproduced from typescript with a handwritten headline and call to "Support Ruchell." Issued to garner support for Magee, then beginning a hunger strike to protest his pre-trial treatment. The flyer refers to the "Marin Courthouse Slave Rebellion" and to Ruchell Cinque Magee (Magee took the name of the leader of the Amistad slave ship rebellion). ISBN: 281AIB1017803.

    A few spots on the left margin, else near fine. [webonly]

    Book ID: 79652
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  • Support the Black Panther Party by Campus Friends of SNCC
    Campus Friends of SNCC
    Support the Black Panther Party

    Berkeley, CA: Campus Friends of SNCC, [1966]. 2 pages (single sheet, printed both sides). 8-1/2 by 11 inches. In 1966, Stokely Carmichael, a leader and later head of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, set up the Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO), in rural Alabama. The group organized the black residents of an overwhelmingly African American region of the state to secure voting rights and elected offices. By state law, the LCFO was required to adopt an emblem. They chose the black panther to contrast with the ruling Democratic Party's white rooster.

    This flyer announces an organizational meeting to support the LCFO, emphasizing its informal name, the "Black Panther Party." Huey Newton and Bobby Seale formed their Black…

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    Berkeley, CA: Campus Friends of SNCC, [1966]. 2 pages (single sheet, printed both sides). 8-1/2 by 11 inches. In 1966, Stokely Carmichael, a leader and later head of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, set up the Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO), in rural Alabama. The group organized the black residents of an overwhelmingly African American region of the state to secure voting rights and elected offices. By state law, the LCFO was required to adopt an emblem. They chose the black panther to contrast with the ruling Democratic Party's white rooster.

    This flyer announces an organizational meeting to support the LCFO, emphasizing its informal name, the "Black Panther Party." Huey Newton and Bobby Seale formed their Black Panther Party three months later, on October 15, 1966. Rare with no copies in OCLC (although copies are in the Litwack collection at Yale and the Yuen archive at UC Berkeley). This is one of the first uses of the black panther as a political symbol in the San Francisco Bay Area and directly connects the (mostly white) local SNCC organization with the origins of the Black Power movement. ISBN: 281AIB1021042.

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    Folded twice, else near fine. [webonly] [JSP01; JHG2019]

    Book ID: 93630
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  • Conversations With Richard Wright by [Wright, Richard] Kinnamon, Keneth and Michel Fabre (editors)
    [Wright, Richard] Kinnamon, Keneth and Michel Fabre (editors)
    Conversations With Richard Wright

    First Edition

    Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1993. 253 pages. A collection of interviews with the author of Native Son. ISBN: 9780878056323.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 191580
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  • Rethinking Race: Franz Boas and His Contemporaries by Williams, Vernon J.
    Williams, Vernon J.
    Rethinking Race: Franz Boas and His Contemporaries

    First Edition

    Lexington: Univ Press of Kentucky, (1996). 152 pages. ISBN: 9780813119632.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 210926
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  • They Came in Chains: Americans from Africa (The Peoples of America Series) by Redding, J. Saunders [James Thomas Saunders Redding]
    Redding, J. Saunders [James Thomas Saunders Redding]
    They Came in Chains: Americans from Africa (The Peoples of America Series)

    First Edition

    Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1950. 320 pages. "The tragic, triumphant drama of the evolution of the American Negro from slavery to citizenship" -- from the jacket cover. ISBN: 281AIB1038105.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 190457
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  • Enroll Me in the Cause by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Northern California Branch)
    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Northern California Branch)
    Enroll Me in the Cause

    (San Francisco?): NAACP (Northern California Branch), (n.d. but 1960s?). 4-12 by 2-5/8 inches. A small, one-sided enrollment card for the NAACP. ISBN: 281AIB1041767.

    A bit grubby, but near fine.

    Book ID: 210010
    Keywords: Black Studies, Ephemera
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  • Membership Enrollment Card by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
    Membership Enrollment Card

    New York: NAACP, 1920s. 4-3/4 by 3 inches. Small integrated membership form and envelope. With a pre-filled date, "192_". ISBN: 281AIB1041768.

    Fine.

    Book ID: 210011
    Keywords: Black Studies, Ephemera
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  • Darky Meditations: Poems by Henderson, Elliott Blaine
    Henderson, Elliott Blaine
    Darky Meditations: Poems

    First Edition

    Springfield, OH: (the author), 1910. 68 pages. An Ohio African American writer's dialect poems. ISBN: 281AIB1040436.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in burgundy cloth.

    Book ID: 204752
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  • Darkey Ditties: Poems by Henderson, Elliott B.
    Henderson, Elliott B.
    Darkey Ditties: Poems

    First Edition

    Columbus, OH: (the author), 1915. 54 pages. An African-American poet's dialect poems. ISBN: 281AIB1040435.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy (some spotting to front cover) in burgundy cloth. Inscribed by the author to Chester Bryan, the State Treasurer of Ohio, in 1919.

    Book ID: 204751
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  • Soul Sister by Halsell, Grace
    Halsell, Grace
    Soul Sister

    First Edition Thus

    Greeenwich, CT: Fawcett, 1970. 224 pages. The account of a white journalist's experiences posing as an African American. ISBN: 281AIB1042582.

    First mass market edition (first printing). Very good to near fine in wrappers. Inscribed by Halsell, "For Professor Stephen Jay Gould, with my admiration for your view of life. Grace Halsell, 9.21.74."

    Your cataloguer would like to know the story behind the inscription. At the time, Gould had yet to publish a single book and his Mismeasure of Man, a scientific refutation of racial superiority myths, would not be published until 1981. The inscription suggests that Gould may have already been thinking about the subject in the early 1970s. A remarkable association copy.

    Book ID: 214380
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  • Needed (Public Citizen #1. President of the United States in Exile. Inaugurated 3-4-69) by [Gregory, Dick]
    [Gregory, Dick]
    Needed (Public Citizen #1. President of the United States in Exile. Inaugurated 3-4-69)

    1969. 17-1/2 by 22-1/2 inches. Black-and-white poster with two mugshot-style portraits of Gregory with the word Needed below in large type. In 1968, Dick Gregory, an African American comedian and civil rights activist, ran a write-in campaign for president under the Freedom and Peace party banner (this was a splinter group from the Peace and Freedom party). Gregory ran with three different Vice Presidential candidates, Mark Lane (JFK conspiracy theorist), the pediatrician Benjamin Spock, and the journalist David Frost. Presaging Steven Colbert's comedic involvement in politics, the very idea that Gregory, a black man, might run for president was a joke in itself at the time. He garnered some 48,000 votes (according to Wikipedia, so how can that be wrong?)…

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    1969. 17-1/2 by 22-1/2 inches. Black-and-white poster with two mugshot-style portraits of Gregory with the word Needed below in large type. In 1968, Dick Gregory, an African American comedian and civil rights activist, ran a write-in campaign for president under the Freedom and Peace party banner (this was a splinter group from the Peace and Freedom party). Gregory ran with three different Vice Presidential candidates, Mark Lane (JFK conspiracy theorist), the pediatrician Benjamin Spock, and the journalist David Frost. Presaging Steven Colbert's comedic involvement in politics, the very idea that Gregory, a black man, might run for president was a joke in itself at the time. He garnered some 48,000 votes (according to Wikipedia, so how can that be wrong?) and then staged a mock inaguration in Washington, DC, as President in Exile, promising to set up a "Black House", to counter the Nixon White House. Mark Lane took the oath as Vice President by phone. This poster was issued in conjunction with that event. See Jet Magazine, March 20, 1969. ISBN: 281AIB1023434.

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    Fine.

    Book ID: 103846
    Keywords: Black Studies, Poster
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  • Blue Grass Ballads and Other Verse by Visscher, William Lightfoot
    Visscher, William Lightfoot
    Blue Grass Ballads and Other Verse

    Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1969. 222 pages. Verse; a facsimile of the 1900 edition. Black Heritage Library Association. ISBN: 9780836986761.

    Second printing of this edition. A fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued.

    Book ID: 172286
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  • Paradise Valley Days: A Photo Album Poetry Book of Black Detroit, 1930's to 1950's by Metoyer, Herbert R. (editor)
    Metoyer, Herbert R. (editor)
    Paradise Valley Days: A Photo Album Poetry Book of Black Detroit, 1930's to 1950's

    First Edition

    Detroit Black Writer's Guild, (1998). 112 pages. 8-7/8 by 11-1/4 inches. Poems, stories and profiles of residents of Detroit's lower east side and the vibrant black mecca that thrived there. Profusely illustrated with black-and-white photo reproductions. ISBN: 9781888754025.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 218236
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  • Down in Tennessee and Back by Way of Richmond by Kirke, Edmond (pseudonym of James R. Gilmore)
    Kirke, Edmond (pseudonym of James R. Gilmore)
    Down in Tennessee and Back by Way of Richmond

    Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1971. 282 pages. Facsimile reprint; original published in 1864. The Black Heritage Library Collection. ISBN: 9780836988062.

    A near fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued.

    Book ID: 172284
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