THE LIFE OF WILLIAM J. BROWN in PROVIDENCE, RI, by Wm.J.Brown - 1883 [1st Ed]
The Life of William J. Brown in Providence, RI
with Personal Recollections of Incidents in Rhode Island
by William J. Brown
FIRST EDITION, published by: Angell & Co, Providence, RI. 1883.
Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.
- Book is an excellent specimen of this quality and vintage.
- Brown boards feature a bold gilt title on cover.
- Perimeters show some scuffing, boards less so.
- Spine ends are crushed, with a 1/4"+ split from foot at front.
- Inside pages are free of marginalia and intentional marks.
- Pages are age-toned, and still clear.
- Pastedowns and ffeps are browned.
- Back pastedown has a couple small red marks.
- Marginal toning in last half of book, with very little fading to text.
- Close examination reveals some thumbing smudges on fore edge of text block, and a little staining near top.
- Staining from text block runs into margin on pages 200, 201, 205, 207.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
230 pages. 5 X 7.75 inches.
Includes a brief autobiographical account of the violent Hard Scrabble Riot of 1824. One of America's early race riots happened in the Addison’s Hollow district of Providence, RI, a city that was blended shoulder-to-shoulder in race and class. On October 18, 1824, offended white privilege seems to have triggered the mob to violence, including the destruction of many homes.
William J. Brown (1814-1885) was born into a free black family after slavery was abolished. With considerable effort, he earned a place as an artisan and leader in the Providence, RI African-American community. This autobiography describes his nigh-Herculean journey to find work and respect in this New England seaport.
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