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47th Street [Inscribed, Signed, and Contemporarily - Davis, Frank Marshall - 1948. 
Prairie City, Illinois: The Decker Press, 1948. Hardcover. Near Fine/near fine. A Near Fine copy (small spot at bottom of rear board, lower corners tapped, minor shelf wear, some spotting to the closed page block's edges, slight leftward lean -- ironic perhaps), in a Very Good +dust jacket (age toning, small spot at bottom of rear panel, some spotting to the verso, light soiling and light edge wear) INSCRIBED, SIGNED, AND CONTEMPORARILY DATED BY FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS on the title page as follows: "To / Bill McBride / from a fellow artist / but of another field / Frank Marshall Davis / July 24, 1948". Davis was a poet, journalist, and political and social activist and former editor of the Atlanta Daily World, turning the paper from a semiweekly paper to the first successful black daily newspaper. Davis also served as a Member of the National Executive Board of the Civil Rights Congress, cited by the Truman Administration as a subversive organization. The Civil Rights Congress also was named a Communist Front in the House Un-American Activities Committee Report. Davis' work was resurrected during Amiri Baraka's (aka Everett LeRoi Jones) important Black Arts Movement. "47th Street" is named for Chicago's street of the same name. A very scarce book itself, signed copies are scarcer still. A Near Fine copy of an extremely scarce book in a Very Good + dust jacket, INSCRIBED, SIGNED, AND CONTEMPORARILY DATED BY FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS. SCARCE.
[Bookseller: Allington Antiquarian Books, LLC]
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