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W.E.B. Du Bois's Copy

The Negro and the Nation. A History of American Slavery and Enfranchisement.

New York: Henry Holt and Company, [February, 1906].

Price: $1,500.00

About the item

First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to W.E.B. Du Bois. 436pp. 8vo. W.E.B. Du Bois's Copy. Modern calf-backed marbled paper boards, retaining original endpapers. Provenance: W. E. B. Du Bois (inked stamp).

Item #368195

W.E.B. Du Bois's copy of an important work in the historiography of Reconstruction and the immediate post-Reconstruction period, including a lengthy quote from the Souls of Black Folk on p. 398-399. At the time of the book's publication, Du Bois was working with the Niagara Movement, publishing his short-lived periodical Moon Illustrated Weekly. Interestingly, the Du Bois papers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst includes a letter from Merriam to Du Bois concerning the publication of the Moon Illustrated Weekly.