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1 Brooklyn Home for Aged People. A Cotillion Through the Ages, The Brooklyn Home for Aged People, June 20, 1982.
Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Home for Aged People, 1982. 
Quarto, stapled wrappers, 88 pp. Documents the Debutante Cotillion for Brooklyn, 1982. Illus. with photos. of participating girls and boys. Ladies in Waiting (pictured): Eveyln Brookins, Rugh Scott, Annette Debnam, Pauline McWilliams, Lillie K. Sims, Brenda Williams, Betty Pottinger. Escorts (Pictured): Elliot Tricoche, Philip De Bourge, Keith Jordon, Roosevelt Watts, Tyrone Carter, William Roberts III, Charles Gregory Dillard, Anthony Plantt. Golden Circle (Pictured): Doris Ward, Adele Doyle, Carol King Walling, Lillian Griffith, Beatrice Archibald, Mae Weston, Rosa Weatherless, Geraldine Ramsay, Lillian McIntosh, Janie B. Mapp, Sylvia K. Haynes. Starlets/Heralds (pictured): Lester Hinds, Kadisha Mann, John Hewitt, Laurie Edwards, Cheniqua Spears, Ingrid Morgan, Channel Odon, Bernadette McKain, Marisa Gordon, Dena Ayer, Clarence Pew. Junior Debs and Junior Escorts (Pictured): Peter Taylor, Todd Davis, Deidra Townes, Kenya Gooding, Kerri Payne, Diahann Ayer, Denise Gooding, Joi Nicole Tisdale, Clifton Hill, William Roberts III. Twinkies/Pages (Pictured): Leslie Davis, Taharqua Temple, Ayana Feurtado, Carter Brock, Lionel Brown, Nina D. James. Debutants (Pictured with description): Mary Ann Henderson, Robin D. Anderson, Sharron Barriaga, Paula Benson, Anna-Marie Edreira, Monica-Marie Edreira, Teresa-Marie Edreira, Sharron Hunter, Alyssa L. King, Tracy Malone, Michele McKenley, Monique A. Thibou, Kim Thompson. 
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2 Channing, William E. Slavery.
Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1835. First Edition. 
Duodecimo, original cloth, [i], 167 pp. Fair; cloth is split along front joint about halfway up. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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3 da Costa, Emilia Viotti. Crowns of Glory, Tears of Blood: The Demerara Slave Rebellion of 1823.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. 
Octavo, navy blue cloth & boards (hardcover), xix, 378 pp. Near-Fine, in a Very Good+ dust jacket with very slight edgewear. “...Tells the riveting story of a pivotal moment in the history of slavery. Studying the complaints brought by slaves to the office of the Protector of Slaves, she reconstructs the experience of slavery through the eyes of the Demerara slaves themselves. Da Casta also draws on eyewitness accounts, official records, and private journals (most notable the diary of John Smith...), to paint a vivid portrait of a society in transistion, shaken to its foundations by the recent revolutions in America, France and Haiti. Smith and his wife, Jane, the planters and colonial politicians, and the leaders of the rebellion emerge as flesh-and-blood individuals, players trapped in a complex political game none of them could fully understand...She details the colonials's orgy of repression following the rebellion -- scores of slaves were sentenced more or less at random to grisly public executions and ritualistic floggings, and Smith died in his cell before news arrived that the Crown had granted him mercy -- and shows how it fueled the anti-slavery movement in Britain, leading to the abolishment of slavery in the colonies ten years later...An original and unforgettable book.” 
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4 Egejuru, Phanuel Akubueze. Black Writers: White Audience. A Critical Approach to African Literature.
Hicksville, NY: Exposition Press, An Exposition-University Book, (1978). First Edition. 
Octavo, black leatherette (hardcover), gilt letters, 255 pp. Near-Fine, with light rubbing to gilt letters and small former-owner signature; in a Near-Fine, mylar protected dust jacket with light rubbing. From dust jacket: What special problems confront the modern African writer? Who is his audience? his publisher? his judge? How does each of these influence his artistic perceptions? How does he, on one hand, impart his vision of life -- rooted as it is in his African experience -- to his European audience? Conversely, how does the Western-educated African elite influence his subject matter? What about the large native population that is mostly uneducated by Western standards? There are some of the questions Phanuel Egejuru answers in her brilliant analysis of African literature, which focuses, in turn, on its audience, place of publication, language, content, and form... 
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5 Greene, Harlan, Harry S. Hutchins, Jr., and Brian E. Hutchins. Slave Badges and the Slaver-Hire System in Charleston, South Carolina, 1783-1865.
Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., (2004). First edition. 
Octavo, slick illustrated boards, vi, 194 pp. Color plates, illus., photos. Near-Fine. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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6 Greene, Melissa Fay. Praying for Sheetrock, A Work of Nonfiction.
Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc., (1991). First Edition, First Printing. 
Octavo, white cloth & blue boards (hardcover), map illus. endpapers, x + 337 pp. Near-Fine, with light foxing; in a Fine (As New), mylar protected dust jacket. From dust jacket: In the 1970s, along the subtropical coast of Georgia, two old and isolated communities -- one white, one black -- began to eye each other by the light of strange new political realities. Years after the struggle for civil equality between the races transformed much of the rest of the South, news of the outside world filtered into McIntosh County, and the resultant mass meetings, boycotts, and lawsuits altered the old country customs forever. Praying for Sheetrock is the story of the political awakening of a tiny black community, and of the downfall of a flamboyant renegade sheriff and his courthouse gang. It is also the story of his undoing, many years later. Brilliantly melding the rich and varied voices of the people of McIntosh County into a small-town saga, Melissa Fay Greene lets the people tell their outrageous, funny, eloquent, and touching stories -- and makes our hearts stop with their importance. Deacon Henry Curry, the patriarch of the black community, recalls the assassination of President McKinley. Sheriff Poppell separates tens of thousands of Yankee tourists from their money. Thurnell Alston becomes the first freely elected black county commissioner since Reconstruction. And Fanny Palmer, a retired shrimp worker living in an ancient sharecropper shack, prays to the Lord for sheetrock, and sheetrock is delivered. 
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7 Hager, Ruth Ann (Abels). Dred & Harriet Scott: Their Family Story.
St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis County Library, 2010. First Edition. 
Quarto, paperbound (stiff, slick, full-color illustrated green wrappers), xvi + 173 pp. Near-Fine, with former-owner inscription and slight rumple to upper cover. From lower cover: Dred Scott, a St. Louis slave, used for his freedom in 1846. He based his suit on the time he lived with his slave owner in free territory. On 6 March 1857, the U. S. Supreme Court handed down the Dred Scott decision denying him and his family their freedom. Reaction to this historic decision pushed the country a step closer to the Civil War. The decision had tremendous impact on the country, but how did their eleven year legal battle affect the lives of Dred, his wife Harriet, and their daughters, Eliza and Lizzie? How did the Scott family secure their freedom? What happened to Harriet, Eliza, and Lizzie after Dred's death? How long did the Scott women live? In 2006, Mrs. Hager discovered new information about the death of Dred Scott's widow, Harriet. Since then, with the support and endorsement of Scott descendants and the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, she has researched the family's story. Her groundbreaking findings open up a new chapter in American history. 
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8 Harper, Michael S. My Father's Face.
Charleston, W.V.: Parchment Gallery Graphics, Humanities Department, University of Charleston, 1998. 
1st edition. Of an edition of 100 copies, this is No. 96. It is signed by the poet. Broadside, 12 x 9 ins., printed in brown ink. Illustrated with a portrit by Chris Sperry. Fine with explanatory leaf and in original stiff paper portfolio. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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9 Haygood, Wil. The Haygoods of Columbus: A Family Memoir. A Love Story.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, A Peter Davison Book, 1997. 
Octavo, black cloth & burgundy boards (hardcover), gilt letters, uncut, 360 pp. Fine (As New), in a Fine (As New) dust jacket. “Wil Haygood's memoir of his home town of Columbus, Ohio, is an up-lifting yet unsparing celebration of the ties that bind all loving American families. The lives of the Haygoods -- grandmother a hotel cook, mother a nightlife-loving waitress, father mostly absent, one brother a legendary pimp, the other a star-crossed dreamer, sisters whose fates included very little disposable income -- were all interwined with that of Mount Vernon Avenue, an eclectic, seductive street of shops, juke joints, and speak-easies at the epicenter of Columbus's black community...” 
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10 Horsmanden, Daniel. The New York Conspiracy. With an Introduction by Thomas J. Davis.
Boston: Beacon Press, [1971]. 
Octavo, black cloth & blind-stamped blue boards (hardcover), xxv, 491 pp. Very Good+, with light foxing (age darkened spotting) to endpapers, and slight edgewear, in a Very Good dust jacket with edgewear. “Like the Salem witch trials, but much more murderous, the New York Conspiracy of 1741 was one of the most extraordinarily revealing events in American colonial history. The New York Conspiracy is an account of the trials of 20 whites and more than 150 slaves accused of conspiracy. Compiled by Daniel Horsmanden, one of the judges, it contains his narrative of the events which led to the trials and the trial record based on his own notes, those of his fellow judges, and the lawyers on verious cases. Eventually 13 slaves were burned alive, 4 whites and 18 blacks were hanged, and more than 70 people were banished from the province of New York. The story begins with a robbery involving both blacks and whites, and a series of fires which, compounded by uneasiness over an unpopular war with Spain and anti-Catholicism, intensified the everpresent fear of a slave uprising. On April 21, 1741, a grand jury was summoned and charged to consider the many frights and terrors which the good people of this city have of late been put into, by repeated and unusual fires and burning of houses...” 
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11 Huff, Mary Elizabeth Johnson. [Hutchins, Catherine E., ed.] Just How I Picture It in My Mind: Contemporary African American Quilts from the Montgomery Musuem of Fine Arts.
Montgomery, Ala.: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and River City Publishing, [2006]. 
1st edition. Quarto, red cloth, 109 pp. Color photos throughout. Fine in dust jacket. 
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12 Hughes, Langston. Simple's Uncle Sam.
New York: Hill and Wang, Inc., Publishers, (1965). First Edition, Review Copy, with Publisher's Slip and Publicity Photograph Laid-In. 
Octavo, grey cloth (hardcover), 180 pp. Fine, in a Very Good, mylar protected dust jacket with edgewear and foxing. From dust jacket: In this new collection of forty-six stories, all of them appearing in book form for the first time, Jesse B. Semple of Harlem, U. S. A., comments wisely and wittily on American life today as seen through his eyes. Typical of the delightful insight with which Langston Hughes has endowed his creation, Simple wryly remarks, Uncle Sam, if you is really my blood uncle, prove it. Are we is or we ain't related? If so, how come you are so white and I am so black? Simple discusses the law: When it is no on the side of civil rights, then the law is not right, is it white; haircuts: If white Americans can learn how to fly past Venus, go into orbit and make Telestar, it looks to me like white barbers in Ohio could learn how to cut colored hair; beatniks: Go south, my boy, go south. Let the fiery cross singe the beard off your beatnik chin; miscegenation (as seen by his wife Joyce): To me it is living in sin for a colored person to marry anybody related to Talmadge, Wallace, Eastland, Sheriff Clark. Simple invites his white boss, who is sympathetic toward Negroes, to come uptown with me and reintegrate. He dreams of a South in which Mammy Faubus serves him mint juleps on his plnatation veranda and where crackers like Mammy Eastland know their place; of sailing down the Harlem River in his yacht and throwing a party for all his friends... 
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13 Katz, William Loren et al. The Black West: Pathfinders, Cowpunchers, Homesteaders/Settlers, Oklahoma Land Rush, Buffalo Soldiers, California Gold Rush, Black Pioneer Women. An Exhibition at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, September 16, 1985 - January 4, 1986.
New York: New York Public Library, 1985. 
Octavo, stiff wrappers, stapled, 28 pp. Photos. Very Good. 
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14 Malcolm X. Malcolm X Talks to Young People.
New York: Pathfinder Press, (1971). 
Octavo, paperbound (stiff, b&w photo. illus. stapled wrappers), 29 pp. Fine. 
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15 Marszalek, John F., Jr. Court Martial: A Black Man in America. The Army vs. Johnson Whittaker: An Account of the Ordeal of a Black Cadet at West Point in 1881.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, [1972]. 
Octavo, black cloth (hardcover), xv, 320 pp. Fine, in a Very Good dust jacket with edgewear. “Here is a dramatic account of one of the most important trials in American history, the 1881 court martial of Johnson Whittaker, a black cadet at West Point. Born a slave, Whittaker was the third black to enter West Point. Like his two predecessors, he was completely ostracized for three years...One morning Whittaker didn't show up for drill. He was found in his room, unconscious, tied tightly to the bed, with blood streaming from his head...Whittaker was accused of faking the crime to get sympathy from the public and his professors. A court inquiry followed and, on the flimsiest of evidence, Whittaker was found guilty. The public and pres responded with outrage. At the time America was debating the position of the freed black slaves..John Marszalek has researched the story with great thoroughness and his account of Whittaker's ordeal is poignant and dramatic. Subtitling his book, A Black Man in America, Marszalek uses the Whittaker case to study one black man in depth, analyzing his interaction with the American army, American justice and, by extension, American society.” 
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16 Maxwell, Bill. Maximum Insight. Selected Columns by Bill Maxwell.
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, (2001). First Edition. 
Signed and inscribed by the Author. Octavo, white cloth & gold boards (hardcover), gilt letters, xvi + 316 pp. Fine (As New) in a Fine (As New), mylar protected dust jacket. From dust jacket: Bill Maxwell is one of the country's preeminent black journalists, with a faithful readership nationwide. This collection of his columns, primarily from the St. Petersburg Times, forms a body of commentary on humanity (And lack of same) that will capture American hearts and minds. Maxwell covers a sweeping range of subjects, including race -- a central but not exclusive theme. He asks hard questions that courageously attempt to understand hatred and injustice in America, takes on controversial issues many columnists avoid, and scrutinizes a wide spectrum of national and international figures -- from Jeb, George W. and Clarence Thomas to the Pope and Jesse Jackson. Maxwell write movingly about his childhood as the son of migrant farm workers in rural Florida, his love of books -- beginning with those plucked from garbage cans -- and his everyday encounters with the white world and the black one... 
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17 Melish, William Howard. Dr. William Edward Burghardt DuBois: February 23, 1868-August 27, 1963. Address Delivered by the Rev. William Howard Melish at the Memorial Service of the Late Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois at the Aggrey Memorial Church, Achimota College, Accra, Ghana, on Sunday 29th September, 1963.
Brooklyn, NY: Rev. William Howard Melish, [1963]. 
Octavo, stapled illus. wrappers, 24 pp. Very Good, with light edgewear. Entitled, ‘One of the Great Companions.' 
Price: 12.50 USD
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18 Morris, A. Creations Recreations of the African Family in Kidnapped Captivity, U.S.A., North America: Inventions, Science & Industry.
New York: A. Morris, 1986. 
1st edition. Inscribed and signed by the author. Quarto, stiff pictorial wrappers, 94 pp. Portraits, illus. Very Good. 
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19 Morris, Willie. The Ghosts of Medgar Evers: A Tale of Race, Murder, Mississippi, and Hollywood.
New York: Random House, [1998]. First Edition, As Stated. 
Octavo, black cloth & blue boards, gilt letters, 288 pp. Fine (As New), in a FIne (As New) dust jacket. “...[Morris] brings together the harsh realities of race and the magical illusions of Hollywood in an unusual book about the making of the movie Ghosts of Mississippi and its more complicated historical background: the 1963 assassination of the courageous civil rights activist Medgar Evers and the conviction thirty years later of his killer, Byron De La Beckwith, in one of the most striking cases in the annals of American jurispudence....[It] is not only a dramatic account of the making of a major motion picture about one of themost heinous crimes of this century; it is also an examination of the murder tiself and the people involved that explains why it took so long for justice to prevail. Morris was on hand both for the trial and for the making of the movie...” 
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20 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Brooklyn Branch. Brooklyn Branch News Bulletin. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Vol. 1, No. 4.
Brooklyn, NY: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, n.d. 
Legal sized sheet illus. with black and white faces in front of the Statue of Liberty. ‘The N. A. A. C. P. is fighting for freedom of all people. However, there are 18, 000, 000 Negroes who are 2nd class citizens of this nation; a change of status is in your hands...' 
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