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The Democratic Almanac and Political Compendium for 1866 [wrapper title; caption title: Democratic Almanac for 1866].
Van Evrie, Horton & Co., [1865]., New York: - 8vo, original printed orange wrappers (no rear wrapper), 82, [12] pages. A rabidly unreconstructed Democratic almanac from the press and pen of the noted white supremacist polemicist, medical doctor, and advocate of polygenisis John H. Van Evrie, published shortly after the conclusion of the Civil War; besides the expected calendar tables (essentially the only inoffensive aspect of the book), the almanac includes in its pages such gems as "The Negro’s Place in Nature" (subordinate to Europeans), the "So-Called Constitutional Amendment" (an argument that the Thirteenth Amendment was passed illegally), critical editorial asides on the formation of West Virginia in a list of new states and territories, and an open letter to President Johnson from Van Evrie on the follies of abolition and racial equality: "To the next generation, and all future generations, however, it will be a marvel and a mystery, not how a majority or a considerable class became such lunatics, but how one single native-born American could be so benighted and bewildered as to strive for equality with the lowest of all races! We have these negroes before us every day; our senses show us that they differ from us as absolutely and as widely as the crow differs from the eagle, and reason and experience tell us they are subordinate, grown-up children, perpetual minors, with an intellect corresponding to that of a white lad of twelve or fifteen, and our instincts so utterly forbid mongrelism that the most besotted lunatic in the land would rather see his child dead at his feet than practice his own theory, and the two races are so radically different in the elementary atoms of their organic structure, that amalgamation is *permanently* impossible, and the *dis*organized mongrel progeny dies out within certain fixed limits." The ads in the rear include one for the third edition of Van Evrie’s Negroes and Negro "Slavery" and Thomas Prentice Kettell’s Southern Wealth and Northern Profits, as well as Van Evrie’s own annotated edition of Taney’s Dred Scott decision. Lightly damp-stained throughout, with some light foxing and wear; some chipping to the spine and front wrapped; a good, sound copy. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Garrett Scott, Bookseller (ABAA)]
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