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SINCLAIR, William A., A.M., M.D.
The Aftermath of Slavery. A Study of the Condition and Environment of the American Negro
Boston: Small, Maynard, 1905. Octavo, original gilt-stamped navy cloth, top edge gilt, uncut. Text is very good, gilt on spine faded, lightest rubbing to gilt-stamped cloth cover, wear and rubbing to the tips. A good to very good copy. First edition of Dr. Sinclair's powerful 1905 indictment of America's history of slavery, the failures and hypocrisy of Reconstruction, the war on black suffrage, and the terror of ongoing public lynchings and burnings, asking "How long—are these things to go on?" A rare copy in the original cloth. Born enslaved in 1858, Dr. Sinclair graduated from Howard University and earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College before becoming a practicing physician. Serving as "the financial secretary of Howard University from 1888 to 1903, he participated in Du Bois' Niagara Movement, helped to launch the NAACP in 1909, and became a leading anti-Bookerite. Sinclair's Aftermath of Slavery broke with standard white interpretations, as he condemned slavery and the hypocrisy of Reconstruction and strongly denounced Negro disfranchisement" (Gavins, Perils and Prospects, 12-13). In Aftermath Sinclair outlines an ongoing "reign of terror and blood" in the South where whites cling "to the traditions of the slave system." He refutes "the notion that slavery had been 'a paternalistic relationship' between master and slave" and argues "that the rapport between black and white Americans in the Reconstruction era was the product of 'the essential barbarism' of the slave system" (Journal of Southern History V.79, 1030). With Introduction by Thomas Wentworth … [Click Below for Full Description]
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