"[Makes clear that the history of Black people neither began nor ended with slavery" (Bishop)
STORY OF THE NEGRO
By Arna Bontemps
First printing of the first children's book by an African American to become a Newbery Honor Book.
Near fine in very good plus jacket.
STORY OF THE NEGRO
"His writing for children across so many genres broke new ground and helped to establish African American children's literature in the mainstream of children's book publishing." – Rudine Sims Bishop
Bontemps was a pioneer in the history of African American children's books. His publications were inspired by his own experiences as a child, frustrated at the difficulties of finding works on African American history and culture among library shelves. This nonfiction history begins with an overview of Africa and moves to the Western Hemisphere. Bontemps dwells on the Haitian revolution and also focuses on the activities of freedom fighters like Gabriel Prosser, Denmark Vesey, and Nat Turner within the section on slavery. Though a landmark in the history of the Newbery awards, Bontemps was nevertheless disappointed he didn't win the Medal – and a Black author would not do so until 1974 (for Virginia Hamilton's M.C. HIGGINS, THE GREAT).
Read more: Bishop, Free Within Ourselves: The Development of African American Children's Literature, 49-50.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948. 8.5'' x 5.75''. Original blue cloth, blind-stamped front board, gilt-stamped spine. In original unclipped ($3.00) color pictorial dust jacket designed by Philip Grushkin. Yellow topstain, fore-edge machine deckle. Illustrated by Raymond Lufkin in black and white. xii, 239,  pages. Book a trifle dusty, else quite nice. Jacket with light toning to rear panel and some moderate edgewear, shallow chipping to head of spine.
The Fine Print
We work hard to meet our ethical responsibilty to describe our material accurately. All items are guaranteed as described and may be returned for any reason within 10 days. Please notify us before mailing a return.
We guarantee the authenticity of our items. All items are original (meaning not facsimiles or reproductions), first editions (i.e. first printings), unless otherwise noted. TPM is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and upholds their Code of Ethics.
All items subject to prior sale. Domestic orders over $250 and international orders over $500 ship gratis. We use USPS unless otherwise requested. Expedited, overnight, or international shipping, as well as other carriers, may carry additional costs beyond quoted rates. All orders receive tracking information and a direct contact in case of any questions.
We accept all major credit cards, Paypal, Venmo, check, money order, and bank wire. We are happy to accomodate institutional buyers' needs. Sales tax will be added to applicable purchases.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us. We prioritize our long-term relationships far above any individual purchase, and we want you to love your item as much as we loved cataloguing it.