Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, Major General, United States Army [Two Volumes]
by Howard, Oliver Otis
The Baker and Taylor Company. Hardcover. New York, 1908. 8vo, maroon cloth, 620 + 610 pp. Early reprint of the 1907 first edition. A very good set with a few stray ownership marks and the dates of Howard's life written on title pages. Bindings slightly shaken, contents fine. Well preserved and usable overall. "Certainly Howard was not so extraordinary a man as to be able to defy the explicit wishes of his commander in chief, his era's understanding of the proper role of government and public relief, or his own and many of his white Republican allies' sometimes formalistic notions of freedom. Yet, for a white man of his time, he might be recognized as, in many respects, exceptional. The energy, scope, and persistence of his commitment to African-American welfare and the equanimity with which he greeted the prospect of racial integration were by no means typical, even amongst Radical Republicans. It was, perhaps, these complexities of character that led W. E. B. Du Bois to conclude, "Howard was neither a great administrator nor a great man, but he was a good man" (Black Reconstruction in America , p. 223)." - ANB . Very Good. 1908. First Edition. (Inventory #: SET0719X)
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