HALF A MAN: THE STATUS OF THE NEGRO IN NY, by Mary W. Ovington - 1911 [1st Ed] *Provenance*


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Half A Man: The Status of the Negro in New York

by Mary White Ovington

FIRST EDITION. New York: Longmans, Green & Co., 1911.

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Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Navy boards feature embossed title on front and gilt on spine.
  • Cover perimeters exhibit some wear, with rubbing at corners and shoulders.
  • Spine ends are crushed and gilt shows some fading.
  • Binding is secure with a little play.
  • Interior is age-toned, with rare samples of foxing or smudging.
  • Endpapers are a handmade paper, with dark fibers embedded.
  • Owner's signature on ffep.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • CR20161110

236 pages. 5.25 x 7.75 inches.

Mary White Ovington (1865-1951), co-founder of the NAACP, writes about life has a Black American in NYC around the turn of the century. While her approach to the subject is a bit out-dated and sometimes judgy, she uses data and facts to paint a clear portrait of the unfair living conditions and social expectations of the day. The book is historically relevant, and the reader can see what has and has not changed for the lives of urban Black Americans. Despite her moralizing, she was "adamant for equal opportunity with whites, [as well as] sympathetic to the importance of black community feeling. (Kirkus)

Provenance: This copy was previously owned by Lucius C. Harper, perhaps best known as the writer of "Jack Johson--In the Ring And Out," worked for a time as editor at The Chicago Defender--a Chicago-based weekly newspaper founded in 1905."

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Subject: History
Topic: Black Americans
Original/Facsimile: Original
Binding: Hardcover
Special Attributes: 1st Edition
Publisher: Longmans Green & Co
Place of Publication: New York
Year Printed: 1911
Author: Mary White Ovington
Region: North America
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
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