"ANY LAW CONTROLLING THE BALLOT BOX THAT IS NOT ABSOLUTELY FAIR AND JUST TO BOTH RACES WILL WORK MORE PERMANENT INJURY TO THE WHITES THAN THE BLACKS": IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION OF BOOKER T. WASHINGTON'S BLACK-BELT DIAMONDS, 1898, EDITED BY AFRICAN AMERICAN ACTIVIST VICTORIA EARLE MATHEWS, "A NATIONAL LEADER IN THE STRUGGLE FOR THE RIGHTS OF BLACK WOMEN"
WASHINGTON, Booker T. Black-Belt Diamonds. New York, 1898.
First edition of a core collection of Washington's early speeches and writings, drawing extensively on his Sunday Evening Tuskegee Talks with passages from Democracy and Education, Southern Lynch Law and other influential works, together in print for the first time, edited by prominent African American journalist and activist, Victoria Earle Matthews, "an instrumental figure in the social reform to 'uplift' African Americans." $2800.