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Jackson, A.W.
Houston, 1940. [2],vi,[6],644,[4]pp. Original textured green cloth, front board gilt. Minor edge wear, gilt a bit rubbed. Minor toning to text, but clean. Very good. A privately-published and valuable biographical and photographic record of the African-American community in Jim Crow-era Houston. The work is a combination of uplifting text, community directory, and biographical encyclopedia. The author, Andrew Webster Jackson, was a lifelong educator, serving as a teacher, principal, and administrator throughout East Texas in the early 20th century. He was elected unanimously as the President of the Colored Teachers' State Association in 1930, and went on to write for African-American newspapers in Houston. The present guide is a modest but lengthy production, and the work it took to produce is evident on almost every page, as it is profusely illustrated with photographs, including portraits of local citizens, schools, businesses, professional organizations, and group shots of church groups, school classes, and sports teams, among others. Jackson's portrait is opposite his short introduction, in which he states that he hopes the book will be an inspiration to readers and the community. Jackson begins with a series of faith-tinged short passages and inspirational poems intended to uplift his readers; his introduction states that he wrote some of these passages, and pulled some of them from traditional sources. Titles of these short pieces include "Building a Race," "Courage and Self Control," and "A Negro In It." The majority of the book consists of a biographical encyclopedi … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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