THE LIFE OF WILLIAM J. BROWN in PROVIDENCE, RI, by Wm.J.Brown - 1883 [1st Ed]


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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.
  • CR20160916

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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Subject: Biography & Autobiography
Topic: Black Americana
Original/Facsimile: Original
Binding: Hardcover
Special Attributes: 1st Edition
Publisher: Angell & Co
Place of Publication: Providence RI
Year Printed: 18830000
Author: William J. Brown
Region: North America
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
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