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  • LOUSIANA BLACK by Charters, Samuel
    Charters, Samuel
    LOUSIANA BLACK

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & London: Marion Boyars, (1986.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel about an "ordinary" black man who, in helping his son get some information about black history, comes across a photograph of a lynching in Louisiana in the 30's - and the man lynched was his father. 253 pp. ISBN: 0-7145-28552.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 9478
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  • WITNESS TO INJUSTICE. by Frost, David Jr., edited by Louise Westling.
    Frost, David Jr., edited by Louise Westling.
    WITNESS TO INJUSTICE.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Jackson, MI: University Press of Mississippi, (1995). First edition - An account of life as an African American in the rural community of Eufala, Alabama. "Two events in particular that had a lasting effect on the life of David Frost, Jr.: 'Watching my parents make moonshine in our back yard in a wash pot,' he says, 'and listening to my parents tell the story of how the Peterson boy was lynched here in Eufaula. My parents would tell it like it had just happened.' ... [Frost] was a witness to both the dramatic racial violence and the heroic struggles of the civil rights movement. This world included lynchings as well as the quieter activities of everyday life. His story,…

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    Jackson, MI: University Press of Mississippi, (1995). First edition - An account of life as an African American in the rural community of Eufala, Alabama. "Two events in particular that had a lasting effect on the life of David Frost, Jr.: 'Watching my parents make moonshine in our back yard in a wash pot,' he says, 'and listening to my parents tell the story of how the Peterson boy was lynched here in Eufaula. My parents would tell it like it had just happened.' ... [Frost] was a witness to both the dramatic racial violence and the heroic struggles of the civil rights movement. This world included lynchings as well as the quieter activities of everyday life. His story, told honestly and earnestly, pictures an alternately violent and placid community where whites not only brutalized blacks but also came to their aid. Frost tells of the intricate web of collusion, cooperation, treachery, competition, and sometimes gleeful gamesmanship that wove together the lives of black and white people in this typical southern community." Edited and with a preface by Louise Westling. Introduction by Charles Reagan Wilson. xxv, 110 pp. ISBN: 0-878058435.

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    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (a new copy)

    Book ID: 77579
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  • RACECHANGES: White Skin, Black Face in American Culture. by Gubar, Susan.
    Gubar, Susan.
    RACECHANGES: White Skin, Black Face in American Culture.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. dj. Hardcover first edition - A scholarly - and fascinating - exploration of the "legacy of minstrel shows - and of cross-racial impersonations - throughout modern American film, fiction, poetry, painting, photography, and journalism....[Gubar] discusses whites posing as blacks and blacks "passing" for white; blackface on white actors in The Jazz Singer, Birth of a Nation, and other movies, as well as on the faces of black stage entertainers; African-American use of racechange imagery during the Harlem Renaissance, including the poetry of Anne Spencer, the black-and-white prints of Richard Bruce Nugent, and the early work of Zora Neale Hurston; white poets and novelists from Vachel Lindsay and Gertrude Stein to John…

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    New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. dj. Hardcover first edition - A scholarly - and fascinating - exploration of the "legacy of minstrel shows - and of cross-racial impersonations - throughout modern American film, fiction, poetry, painting, photography, and journalism....[Gubar] discusses whites posing as blacks and blacks "passing" for white; blackface on white actors in The Jazz Singer, Birth of a Nation, and other movies, as well as on the faces of black stage entertainers; African-American use of racechange imagery during the Harlem Renaissance, including the poetry of Anne Spencer, the black-and-white prints of Richard Bruce Nugent, and the early work of Zora Neale Hurston; white poets and novelists from Vachel Lindsay and Gertrude Stein to John Berryman and William Faulkner writing as if they were black.... hypersexualized stereotypes of black men" as well as issues like lynching, interracial children, and gay attitudes. Illustrated throughout with many photographs, including an insert of full color reproductions of paintings by Robert Colescott. Notes, list of works cited, index.xxiii, 327 pp. ISBN: 0-19-5110021.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 43015
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  • CONTENDING FORCES: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South. by Hopkins, Pauline E. (edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli; afterward by Gwendolyn Brooks)
    Hopkins, Pauline E. (edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli; afterward by Gwendolyn Brooks)
    CONTENDING FORCES: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South.

    Edition: First thus.

    Carbondale and Edwardsville, IN: Southern Illinois University Press, (1978) dj. Hardcover first edition - Originally published in 1899 by the Colored Co-operative Publishing Company, Boston, this was one of the first novels to be published in the US by an African American woman writer, a novel which deals realistically with the injustices, including lynching and rape, still so common 35 years after the end of the Civil War. Now reissued in facsimile as a title in The Lost American Fiction series edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli. Includes a new afterward by Gwendolyn Brooks. Illustrated by R. Emmett Owen. 412 pp plus a list of the titles in this series. ISBN: 0-809308746.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped)

    Book ID: 65723
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  • ON BEING NEGRO IN AMERICA. by Redding, J. Saunders.
    Redding, J. Saunders.
    ON BEING NEGRO IN AMERICA.

    Edition: First printing.

    Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, (1951.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A very personal book, eloquent in its simplicity, on what it meant to be black in the United States during the first half of the 20th century - he talks about the impact of the Scottsboro case, about a college student of his who was lynched in Georgia, but most of all he talks about the fact that he is tired of living in a country where there is a "race problem" although he admits he has no specific remedies for our "American sickness." 156 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket. (light edgewear to the dj, especially at the ends of the spine).

    Book ID: 61444
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  • Redding, J. Saunders.
    ON BEING NEGRO IN AMERICA.

    Edition: First printing.

    Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, (1951.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A very personal book, eloquent in its simplicity, on what it meant to be black in the United States during the first half of the 20th century - he talks about the impact of the Scottsboro case, about a college student of his who was lynched in Georgia, but most of all he talks about the fact that he is tired of living in a country where there is a "race problem" although he admits he has no specific remedies for our "American sickness." 156 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket. (light edgewear to the dj, especially at the ends of the spine).

    Book ID: 33642
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  • STRANGE FRUIT. by Smith, Lillian.
    Smith, Lillian.
    STRANGE FRUIT.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, (1944) dj. Smith's classic novel of the South - the "strange fruit" are, of course, the victims of lynchings hanging from the trees. A book which generated controversy at the time of its publication, but became a bestseller. Cover praise from DuBois who called this "one of the most important books to come out of the South in years. "This is the 12th printing, by the original publisher, but reset to comply with wartime paper restrictions. 250 pp.

    Condition: Very good overall in green cloth with yellow and white lettering, in a very worn dust jacket with several chips, tears with tape repairs on the interior, but still essentially complete, price of $2.75 on dj flap.

    Book ID: 78539
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  • HANGING CURVE. by Soos, Troy.
    Soos, Troy.
    HANGING CURVE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Kensington, (1999) dj. Hardcover first edition - A Mickey Rawlings novel - a story involving the Negro Leagues, set in 1922 in St Louis when the Ku Klux Klan was growing in influence in the Midwest, and of the struggle against Jim Crow laws. After a game between a semi-pro team and a black team, the black pitcher is found hanging on the field. 263 pp. ISBN: 1-575664550.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (remainder line).

    Book ID: 73187
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  • HANGING CURVE. by Soos, Troy.
    Soos, Troy.
    HANGING CURVE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Kensington, (1999.). First edition - A Mickey Rawlings novel - a story involving the Negro Leagues, set in 1922 in St Louis when the Ku Klux Klan was growing in influence in the Midwest, and of the struggle against Jim Crow laws. After a game between a semi-pro team and a black team, the black pitcher is found hanging on the field. 263 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 57670
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  • BLACK FOREMOTHERS: Three Lives. by Sterling, Dorothy.
    Sterling, Dorothy.
    BLACK FOREMOTHERS: Three Lives.

    Edition: Trade paperback, second edition .

    New York: The Feminist Press, (1987.). Biography of three heroic black women "whose stories, in the words of Margaret Walker, 'every woman, man, and child should know': Ellen Craft, the daring runaway Georgia slave who used her freedom to serve the cause of abolition; Ida B. Wells [1862-1931], the firebrand journalist whose crusade against lynching awakened the consciousness of a nation; and Mary Church Terrell [1863-1954], a gifted and untiring leader in the movement for suffrage, civil rights, and world peace." Foreword by Margaret Walker and Introduction by Barbara Christian. Photographs, chronologies, bibliographies, index. xliii, 174 pp. ISBN: 0-935312-89-7.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 46546
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  • Young, John V.
    HOT TYPE & PONY WIRE: My Life as a California Reporter from Prohibition to Pearl Harbor.

    Edition: First printing.

    Santa Cruz, CA: Western Tanager Press, 1980. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A picture both of the changes in journalism over the years, but also of the changes in California - among the stories which he wrote about were the 1933 double lynching in San Jose's St. James Park, the Salinas lettuce strike of 1936, the first automobile down the Big Sur highway, the ghost towns of the Santa Cruz mountains, and more. INSCRIBED by the author and dated in 1980.

    Condition: Fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 13286
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