by TAYLOR, Alrutheus Ambush (text); Carter G. Woodson (introduction)
Washington DC: The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, 1926. First Edition. Volume by the former professor and one of the foremost scholars on the role of African Americans in the South during the Reconstruction. After teaching at Tuskeegee University and the West Virginia Collegiate Institute, Taylor was brought to Washington D.C. by Carter G. Woodson in 1922 to serve as a research associate with the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). "Taylor's purpose was forthright: he believed that the view of Reconstruction then prevailing in the United States was deeply flawed. Though most of the work upon which that view rested had been done at Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University, and then published by their respective university presses, Taylor believed that the authors had not lived up to "the requirements of modern historiography" and had instead "written to prove that the Negro is not capable of participation in government and to justify the methods of intimidation instituted to overthrow the reconstruction governments of the Southern commonwealths"...Taylor's book drew upon a host of sources that earlier white writers had either sloppily or willfully neglected, including diaries, letters, church reports, school reports, census materials, agricultural records, economic data, local society proceedings, petitions, African American newspapers, and travel accounts by foreign visitors. In this manner, he was able to counter the negative stereotypes that dominated previous writing and offer a more balanced account of the African american experience after the Civil War" (see: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/taylor-alrutheus-ambush-1893-1955). As with his previous volume, The Negro in South Carolina During the Reconstruction, this volume was first printed serially by the Journal of Negro History (JNH), and then bound separately under the imprint of the ASNLH in 1926. Scarce in dustjacket. SCHOMBURG, p.7541; WORK, p.374. Octavo (24.25cm); hunter green vertical-ribbed cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; iv, 300pp. Base of spine gently nudged, with scattered foxing to textblock edges; clean throughout; very Near Fine. Dustjacket priced $2.00 at mid-spine, with flaps unprinted; shallow nicks and chips to spine ends and corners, including small nicks to front joint and center of front panel, and a thin crack at mid-spine; mild toning to spine and extremities, with splitting along lower flap folds; overall Very Good and sound example of of the fragile jacket, without any loss to text. (Inventory #: 29617)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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