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Illustrated Verses From Bret Harte’s Controversial Poem “Plain Language From Truthful James” About Racial Tensions In 1870s California
- BRET HARTE (1836-1902). Harte was a Nineteenth Century poet and author best known for writing about life in early California. 9 pages. 5 ½” x 7 ¼”. A complete set of illustrated verses from Bret Harte’s 1870 poem “Plain Language from Truthful James”, later known as “The Heathen Chinee”. The poem was intended as a satirical critique of nineteenth-century Californian prejudices against the Chinese, but it was interpreted by much of its readership as anti-Chinese and was often republished in that context. Harte himself, however, was strongly against racism. These images are from a series published in 1870 by Chicago’s Western News Company with illustrations by Joseph Hull. They pages are in fine condition with some light aging and staining.
      [Bookseller: Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc.]
Last Found On: 2018-02-09           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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