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  • Abrahams, Roger D.
    DEEP DOWN IN THE JUNGLE: Negro Narrative Folklore from the Streets of Philadelphia.

    Edition: First printing.

    Hatboro, PA: Folklore Associates. 1964. Hardcover first edition - Uncommon first edition of this pioneering work on African-American folklore, unusual in that it focused in depth on an urban and northern ghetto, and in the often sexually explicit language contained in the 'toasts' and other examples of folk stories and rhymes. Here is Stagolee and Shine and the Titanic and the baboon and more. Includes a long introduction by the author discussing aspects of the urban neighborhood in which he collected these examples. Illustrated with line drawings. Appendices (including one on the use of 'obscenities'), glossary, bibliography, index. 287 pp. Black illustrated endpapers.

    Condition: Very good overall in black cloth (prev owner's name, book somewhat 'over-opened' before title page, some light pencil underlining in the introduction), lacking the dj.

    Book ID: 37756
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  • JESSIE BERNARD; The Making of a Feminist. by [Bernard, Jessie, 1903-1996] Bannister, Robert C.
    [Bernard, Jessie, 1903-1996] Bannister, Robert C.
    JESSIE BERNARD; The Making of a Feminist.

    Edition: First printing.

    New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press, (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of this noted sociologist and prolific author, published a few years before her death. Following World War II, she began to move toward a feminist position in sociology as seen in the qualitative research and critical analysis prevalent in her later work. Among other things she was a founding board member of the Center for Women Policy Studies as well as member of the boards of Urban Institute Women's Program and the Women's Equity Action League and an associate of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press. Her focus was on increasing understanding of the effects of sexism on women's experience of marriage, parenting, education…

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    New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press, (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of this noted sociologist and prolific author, published a few years before her death. Following World War II, she began to move toward a feminist position in sociology as seen in the qualitative research and critical analysis prevalent in her later work. Among other things she was a founding board member of the Center for Women Policy Studies as well as member of the boards of Urban Institute Women's Program and the Women's Equity Action League and an associate of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press. Her focus was on increasing understanding of the effects of sexism on women's experience of marriage, parenting, education and economic life. Among her books were 'The Paradox of the Happy Marriage' (1971) and 'The Future of Marriage' (1972) based on her statistical analysis and research which illustrated that marriage was good for men, but not for women. Illustrated with photographs. Chronology, notes, bibliography, index. xii, 276 pp. ISBN: 0-813516145.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 82280
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  • BLACK FAMILIES IN WHITE AMERICA. by Billingsley, Andrew with Amy Tate Billingsley.
    Billingsley, Andrew with Amy Tate Billingsley.
    BLACK FAMILIES IN WHITE AMERICA.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, (1968) dj. Hardcover - From the foreword: "The Negro family can be best understood when viewed as a varied and complex institution within the Negro community, which is in turn highly interdependent with their institutions in the wider white society." Index, v, 218 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, and missing the front endpaper, but otherwise tight and clean in a very good dust jacket (price-clipped, remnants of spine label.)

    Book ID: 52929
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  • THE RAGE OF A PRIVILEGED CLASS. by Cose, Ellis.
    Cose, Ellis.
    THE RAGE OF A PRIVILEGED CLASS.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: HarperPerennial, (1995.). Third book by this award-winning African American journalist; in it he discusses the anger seething inside even successful middle-class blacks. 192 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0925949.

    Condition: Fine.

    Book ID: 52798
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  • Cose, Ellis.
    THE RAGE OF A PRIVILEGED CLASS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: HarperCollins, 1993. dj. Hardcover first edition - Third book by this award-winning African American journalist; in it he discusses the anger seething inside even successful middle-class blacks. 192 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0182393.

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

    Book ID: 25426
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  • Cose, Ellis.
    THE RAGE OF A PRIVILEGED CLASS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: HarperCollins, 1993. dj. Hardcover first edition - Third book by this award-winning African American journalist; in it he discusses the anger seething inside even successful middle-class blacks. 192 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0182393.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 25427
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  • AMERICAN VAMPIRES: Fans, Victims, Practitioners by Dresser, Norine.
    Dresser, Norine.
    AMERICAN VAMPIRES: Fans, Victims, Practitioners

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & London: Norton, (1989) dj. Hardcover first edition - A well-researched look at vampires in American life - whether considered as entertainment or taken seriously - by this folklorist - a scholarly book but one written with humor. Illustrated, notes, appendix, bibliography, index, 255 pp. ISBN: 0-393-026787.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 59660
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  • SIDEWALK. by Duneier, Mitchell; Ovie Carter, photographs.
    Duneier, Mitchell; Ovie Carter, photographs.
    SIDEWALK.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1999) dj. Hardcover first edition - A study which follows a dozen people who sell on the streets of Greenwich Village - mostly secondhand books and scavenged goods - over a period of five years, illustrated with photographs by Ovie Carter, "as they do their best to live successfully on their own terms, with all the good and bad consequences that entail. Some of these people (almost all men) are drug addicts and some of them choose to live as 'unhoused' individuals. But many of them find a strong sense of purpose and identity in their work and choose to live in ways that best facilitate that work; they are as motivated -…

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    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1999) dj. Hardcover first edition - A study which follows a dozen people who sell on the streets of Greenwich Village - mostly secondhand books and scavenged goods - over a period of five years, illustrated with photographs by Ovie Carter, "as they do their best to live successfully on their own terms, with all the good and bad consequences that entail. Some of these people (almost all men) are drug addicts and some of them choose to live as 'unhoused' individuals. But many of them find a strong sense of purpose and identity in their work and choose to live in ways that best facilitate that work; they are as motivated - more, perhaps - -as workers holding 'respectable' office jobs." Winner of the 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Author "Beyond its sensitive portrayal of black men living on the margins of society, SIDEWALK is a testament to the survival skills of a people who from slavery to the present somehow have cobbled lives stunted by racial deprivation into a mostly unheralded affirmation of the human spirit." Notes. 383 pp. ISBN: 0-374263558.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 84258
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  • Finn, Christine A.
    ARTIFACTS: An Archaeologist's Year in Silicon Valley.

    Edition: First printing.

    Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, (2001). SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book in which the author combines "a reporter's instinct for a good interview with traditional archaeological training [to bring] the perspectives of the past and the future to the story of Silicon Valley's present material culture. She traveled the area in 2000, a period when people's fortunes could change overnight. She describes a computer's rapid trajectory from useful tool to machine to be junked to collector's item. She explores the sense that whatever one has is instantly superseded by the next new thing -- and the effect this has on economic and social values. She tells stories from a place where fruit-pickers now recycle silicon chips and…

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    Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, (2001). SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book in which the author combines "a reporter's instinct for a good interview with traditional archaeological training [to bring] the perspectives of the past and the future to the story of Silicon Valley's present material culture. She traveled the area in 2000, a period when people's fortunes could change overnight. She describes a computer's rapid trajectory from useful tool to machine to be junked to collector's item. She explores the sense that whatever one has is instantly superseded by the next new thing -- and the effect this has on economic and social values. She tells stories from a place where fruit-pickers now recycle silicon chips and where more money can be made babysitting for post-IPO couples than working in a factory. The ways that people are working and adapting, are becoming wealthy or barely getting by, are visible in the cultural landscape of the fifteen cities that make up the area called 'Silicon Valley.'" Although written almost 20 years ago, the contrasts she mentions have only increased in the interim. SIGNED on the title page. Text is preceded by a 32 page photo essay; illustrated with other photographs throughout. Selected further reading, index. xlix. 244 pp. ISBN: 0-262062240.

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

    Book ID: 75921
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  • THE DISSENTERS: Voices from Contemporary America. by Gwaltney, John Langston.
    Gwaltney, John Langston.
    THE DISSENTERS: Voices from Contemporary America.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1986.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Book by the African American anthropologist best known as the author 'Drylongso.' Unlike that book, which focused on the black American experience, this includes conversations with Americans of all races and all walks of life, involved in many forms of dissent from a Unitarian minister in Massachusetts who sets up a chapter of Sanctuary to a white woman bus driver who drove the whole busload of pot-smoking teenagers to the police station to a woman trying to uncover the truth of her father's death after he had been subjected by the Army to unauthorized chemical experiments. Photographs. 321 pp. ISBN: 0-394-527259.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (dj folds slightly offcenter.)

    Book ID: 51137
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  • UNSUNG HEROES, THE BLACK BOY OF ATLANTA, "NEGROES IN DOMESTIC SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES" (AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS, 1910-1940) by Haynes, Elizabeth Ross (ca 1878-1953)
    Haynes, Elizabeth Ross (ca 1878-1953)
    UNSUNG HEROES, THE BLACK BOY OF ATLANTA, "NEGROES IN DOMESTIC SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES" (AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS, 1910-1940)

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: G. K. Hall, (1996). Hardcover first edition - Includes three separate works in one volume by this pioneering sociologist, activist and close friend of Booker T. Washington and his wife - facsimiles of two for young readers - Unsung Heroes (1921) and Black Boy of Atlanta (1952) as well as her master's thesis for a sociology degree from Columbia University. Introduction by Francille Rusan Wilson. A title in the African American Women Writers, 1910-1940, series. xxxvii, 597 pp. ISBN: 0-783814321.

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

    Book ID: 82707
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  • JAILS OF VIRGINIA: A Study of the Local Penal System. by Hoffer, Frank William; Delbert Martin Mann and Floyd Nelson House,
    Hoffer, Frank William; Delbert Martin Mann and Floyd Nelson House,
    JAILS OF VIRGINIA: A Study of the Local Penal System.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1933. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The University of Virginia Institute for Research in the Social Sciences Monograph No. 16. A very detailed and thorough look at the prisons and jails throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a look at the history, the current procedures for everything ranging from feeding, control, health, and a look towards the future. The introduction makes the point that it is very difficult to make improvements to the system, which is deeply imbedded in our social system and benefits from the often mistaken assumption that things are being well-handled. An interesting association copy INSCRIBED by one of the authors - Delbert Mann - to his son, Delbert Mann, Jr,…

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    New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1933. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The University of Virginia Institute for Research in the Social Sciences Monograph No. 16. A very detailed and thorough look at the prisons and jails throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a look at the history, the current procedures for everything ranging from feeding, control, health, and a look towards the future. The introduction makes the point that it is very difficult to make improvements to the system, which is deeply imbedded in our social system and benefits from the often mistaken assumption that things are being well-handled. An interesting association copy INSCRIBED by one of the authors - Delbert Mann - to his son, Delbert Mann, Jr, the Academy Award winning director of "Marty" as well as the director of many other films, including "Dark at the Top of the Stairs," "Separate Tables," and more. Illustrated with figures of a Jail Record Card and Punch Card, two fold-out maps and many tables. Index, xvi, 453 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in a good dust jacket. (some fading to the spine, offsetting to the endpapers from a newspaper review laid in, dust jacket has a loss of approx 1/2 at base of spine, other edgewear)

    Book ID: 63098
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  • Howe, Louise Kapp, editor.
    THE FUTURE OF THE FAMILY

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972. Contributors include Gail Sheehy, Anne Roiphe, Spock, Caroline Bird and others.

    Condition: Good condition.

    Book ID: 12290
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  • SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear. by Kerr, Margee.
    Kerr, Margee.
    SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Public Affairs, (2015). First edition - The author is a professor and a sociologist who works for ScareHouse in Pittsburgh - in this book she explores why and how we seek out terror, even when there is plenty to fear in real life. Photographs, notes. x, 245 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 67372
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  • RESPECT: An Exploration. by Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara
    Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara
    RESPECT: An Exploration.

    Edition: First printing.

    Reading, MA: Perseus Books, (1999.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at the nature of respect, as shown by stories ranging from birth to death, by this noted African American sociologist (recipient of the MacArthur 'genius' award, among other honors.) Bibliography, index. 243 pp. ISBN: 0-7382-0093x.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 47210
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  • RESPECT: An Exploration. by Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara
    Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara
    RESPECT: An Exploration.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Reading, MA: Perseus Books, (1999.). First edition - A look at the nature of respect, as shown by stories ranging from birth to death, by this noted African American sociologist (recipient of the MacArthur 'genius' award, among other honors.) Bibliography, 225 pp. ISBN: 0-7382-0093x.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 52823
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  • POLITICAL PROCESS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF BLACK INSURGENCY, 1930-1970. by McAdam, Doug.
    McAdam, Doug.
    POLITICAL PROCESS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF BLACK INSURGENCY, 1930-1970.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (1985). A classic work of sociology which "focuses on the crucial role of three institutions that foster protest: black churches, black colleges, and Southern chapters of the NAACP. . . the political opportunities, a heightened sense of political efficacy, and the development of these three institutions played a central role in shaping the civil rights movement." Notes, bibliography, index. viii, 304 pp. ISBN: 0-226555526.

    Condition: Very good condition overall - some sunning and wear to the spine, previous owner's name, but otherwise clean and tight.

    Book ID: 84742
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  • IN THE MINDS OF MEN: The Study of Human Behavior and Social Tensions in India. by Murphy, Gardner,
    Murphy, Gardner,
    IN THE MINDS OF MEN: The Study of Human Behavior and Social Tensions in India.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Basic Books, (1953) dj. Hardcover first edition - Based on the UNESCO studies by social scientists conducted at the request of the Government of India as they confronted mass killings and riots between the Hindus and Muslims, millions of refugees and untouchables challenging the caste system, among other problems. Contents include 4 sections: International "Tensions Project", Sources of Solidarity and Cleavage in India Life and History, Social Tensions in Today's India, Prospects of Social Health, and include discussions on child raising, village life, textile workers, the insecurity of the Muslims, the frustration of refugees and more. Map frontispiece. Appendices, index. 306 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (rather severe toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 84075
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  • THE NEGRO AND HIS SONGS: A Study of Typical Negro Songs in the South. by Odum, Howard W. and Guy B. Johnson.
    Odum, Howard W. and Guy B. Johnson.
    THE NEGRO AND HIS SONGS: A Study of Typical Negro Songs in the South.

    Edition: First edition.

    Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press 1925. Hardcover first edition - The second of Odum's three classic works on African American music. As noted in the preface, the songs in this volume were collected in northern Mississippi and northern Georgia, with a few other songs and fragments from North Carolina and Tennessee included for comparative purposes. They are divided into three categories: religious songs (the largest group), social songs, and work songs. Much of the book consists of the lyrics to the songs. Includes a select bibliography, and an index to the songs. vii, 306 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall a good copy, tight and sturdy in very dark blue cloth with gilt lettering (corners bumped, a bit of wear to the ends of the spine covering)

    Book ID: 84395
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  • Parson, Elsie Clews.
    THE OLD-FASHIONED WOMAN.

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: Arno Press, 1972. dj. Facsimile reprint of a work originally published in 1913, by this reknowned anthropologist and folklorist, who is best known for her work among the American Indians. A title in the 'American Women: Images and Realities' series.

    Condition: Women's center stamp on edge of text block and front endpaper, otherwise near fine in red cloth, no dustjacket, as issued.

    Book ID: 15432
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  • WEIRD LIKE US: MY BOHEMIAN AMERICA. by Powers, Ann.
    Powers, Ann.
    WEIRD LIKE US: MY BOHEMIAN AMERICA.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Simon & Schuster (2000). First edition - A book that "chronicles the vitality and influence of alternative culture in America and discovers that Bohemia is more than alive and well -i t is a powerful force in our shifting national identity." Chapters include discussions of art, politics, sexual mores, good drugs and bad drugs, to selling out and more. 287 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy black wrappers.

    Book ID: 59849
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  • THE AMERICAN RACE PROBLEM: A Study of the Negro. by Reuter, Edward Bryon.
    Reuter, Edward Bryon.
    THE AMERICAN RACE PROBLEM: A Study of the Negro.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, (1927). Hardcover first edition - Topics include the Negro Population, racial differences; the health of the Negro, Negro Sex and Family Life, economic status of the Negro, education of the Negro, the growth of race consciousness; and more. A title in the Crowell's Social Science Series under the editorship of Seba Eldridge. index. xii, 448.

    Condition: Very good in dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt lettering on spine (some underlining and marginal notes, prev owner's name.)

    Book ID: 55725
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  • THE BLACK WOMAN. by Rodgers-Rose, La Frances, editor.
    Rodgers-Rose, La Frances, editor.
    THE BLACK WOMAN.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Beverly HIlls, CA & London: Sage Publications, (1985, c.1980.). A thought-provoking collection of essays about Black women, past and present, by Black women. Among the contributors are Gloria Wade-Gayle, Christina Harrington, Willie Mae Hemmons and the editor. References at the end of each article. A Sage Focus Edition. 316 pp. ISBN: 0-8039-13125.

    Condition: Fair condition (highlighting, some wear to covers, but still tight and sturdy)

    Book ID: 84209
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  • THE EIGHTH GENERATION: CULTURES AND PERSONALITIES OF NEW ORLEANS NEGROES. by Rohrer, John and Munro S. Edmonson
    Rohrer, John and Munro S. Edmonson
    THE EIGHTH GENERATION: CULTURES AND PERSONALITIES OF NEW ORLEANS NEGROES.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1960.). Hardcover - A follow-up, 20 years later, which tells what happened to some of the New Orleans black teenagers interviewed for "Children of Bondage." Appendices, index. 340 pp.

    Condition: Very good in red cloth, lacking the dj.

    Book ID: 44661
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  • Stewart, George R.
    NAMES ON THE GLOBE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1975. dj. Hardcover first edition - A fascinating discussion of the human dimension of place names - that is who gave a place a particular name, how has it changed over the years, and why has it changed. Divided into four parts: Man, the Namer, The Mind of the Namer, Namers at Work, Place-names as Sources of Knowledge - and within these parts, he examines the evidence of archeologists, poets, explorers, colonizers, folklorists and more. Considered by some to be Stewart's greatest and most significant work. Author's note, index. ix & 411pp. ISBN: 0-19-5018958.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (short closed tear on back cover of dj.)

    Book ID: 31812
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  • THE DECLINING SIGNIFICANCE OF RACE: Blacks and Changing American Institutions. by Wilson, William Julius.
    Wilson, William Julius.
    THE DECLINING SIGNIFICANCE OF RACE: Blacks and Changing American Institutions.

    Edition: Second edition, trade paperback.

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (c 1980). Winner of the Sydney M. Spivak award. This edition includes a new essay by Wilson on the controversy surrounding this book when it was first published in 1978, and on the intersection of race, class and social policy. Extensive notes, index. xii, 249 pp. ISBN: 0-226901297.

    Condition: Good overall - some scattered underlining, peeled spot on back cover from sticker removal.

    Book ID: 77661
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  • THE GHETTO. by Wirth, Louis.
    Wirth, Louis.
    THE GHETTO.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (1960). A classic sociological study originally published in 1928, which "traces back Jewish immigrant colonies now disappearing from our modern cities to the medieval ghettos." A Phoenix Book. Illustrated with woodcuts by Todros Geller. Index of authors and subjects. 298 pp.

    Condition: Good overall - rather severe toning to the pages, but a tight copy, no writing.

    Book ID: 79221
    Keywords: Judaica, sociology
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