FREDERICK DOUGLASS, WILLIAM WELLS BROWN, LYDIA MARIA CHILD, PAUL LAWRENCE DUNBAR, OLAUDAH EQUIANO, SOJOURNER TRUTH, BOOKER T. WASHINGTON…: FIRST HIGHLY EXPANDED AND REVISED EDITION OF W.E.B. DU BOIS' SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE NEGRO AMERICAN, 1905, IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS
DU BOIS, W.E.B., ed. A Select Bibliography of the Negro American. A Compilation made under the direction of Atlanta University; together with the Proceedings of the Tenth Conference for the study of Negro problems, held at Atlanta Universioty, on May 30, 1905. Atlanta: Atlanta University Press, 1905. Octavo, original gray wrappers; pp. (1-5), 6-8 (9), 10-71 (1). $3500.
First widely expanded and revised edition, a capstone volume in Du Bois's landmark Atlantic University series, this seminal 1905 work, edited and largely compiled by him, issued same year as the Tenth Atlanta Conference, very scarce in original wrappers.
W. E.B. Du Bois, deemed "the preeminent African American scholar-intellectual" (Oxford Companion, 237), graduated Harvard with a doctorate and a dissertation on the slave trade, co-founded the NAACP and edited its journal, The Crisis. "The premiere architect of the civil rights movement in the U.S., he was the first to grasp… that the problem of the 20th century would be the problem of the color line." Forced into exile at the end of his life when the U.S. refused to renew his passport, he became a citizen of Ghana and died there on the night before 250,000 Americans gathered for the 1963 March on Washington. When Roy Wilkins announced Du Bois' death, the crowd suddenly went silent as a "moment almost cinematic in is poignancy passed over the marchers." This groundbreaking 1905 work marks a pivotal year in Du Bois' Atlantic University publications and conferences. Select Bibliography, edited and largely compiled by him, is the tenth publication in the series that "came under Du Bois' direction after 1897… building blocks in the annual Atlanta Conference of Negro Problems." With these works Du Bois moved "the Atlanta University Studies to the frontier of American social science research… a blueprint of the segregated Black world's economic infrastructure." Du Bois, in this core volume and its accompanying publications, became "the first to compile and analyze what should have already been available to professionals and a concerned public" (Levering Lewis, W.E.B. Du Bois, 2-4, 158-9).
Select Bibliography contains two lengthy sections. The first identifies seminal works, many long-ignored, by Anthony Benezet, William Wells Brown, Lydia Maria Child, Alexander Crummell, Martin Delaney, Frederick Douglass, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Olaudah Equiano, Henry Flipper, Henry Highland Garnet, William Lloyd Garrison, Horace Greeley, Pauline Hopkins, J.W. Loguen, Benjamin Lundy, Harriet Martineau, Samuel May, William C. Nell, Theodore Parker, Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, John Wesley and hundreds more. The second part identifies important works in periodicals, journals and reviews, and a rear "Addenda" includes works of Phillis Wheatley, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Solomon Northup, Harriet Tubman and Charles Chesnutt. The final text leaf lists the ten Atlanta University Publications from 1896 to 1905. First expanded and revised edition, third overall: preceded only by a four-page 1900 edition and an 11-page 1901 work. Not in Blockson. Owner signature above title page.
Text fine and fresh, light expert restoration to spine ends. A handsome about-fine copy.