"[O]ne of the most important black intellectual leaders" Of The Post-Reconstruction Era (W.D. Wright)
AN APPEAL TO CONSCIENCE
By Kelly Miller
Early printing, scarce in any form, of this persuasive essay on the double standard in the application of American laws to Black people and white people, including chapters on lynching and segregation.
Very good in good plus jacket.
AN APPEAL TO CONSCIENCE
"Miller was an extremely forceful and prolific essayist and pamphleteer, perhaps the most successful of his race." – Bernard Eisenberg, Journal of Negro History
Miller was an intellectual powerhouse, a graduate of Howard University who became first African American to study graduate mathematics, in the Johns Hopkins program, where he was also the first African American student. Taking various leadership positions at Howard University, Miller was integral to many movements for Black education and civil rights in the late 19th and early 20th centuries: he helped Du Bois edit THE CRISIS, was chairman of the Negro Sanhedrin, and active for decades in the American Negro Academy. In APPEAL TO CONSCIENCE, Miller lays out the practical harm of legal double standards experienced by Black citizens. With an introduction by Albert Bushnell Hart, a doctoral advisor of W.E.B. Du Bois, Carter G. Woodson, and Charles H. Wesley. Scarce: 9 holdings recorded in OCLC and no auction records.
Read more: Wright, "The Thought and Leadership of Kelly Miller," in Phylon Vol. 39, No. 2; Eisenberg, "Kelly Miller: The Negro Leader as a Marginal Man," in The Journal of Negro History Vol. 45, No. 3.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1919. Full title: An appeal to conscience: America's Code of Caste A Disgrace to Democracy. 6.5'' x 3.75''. Original brown paper boards stamped in red and blue. In original brown dust jacket stamped in blue. Publisher's ads at rear. 108,  pages. Thin line of dampstain to fore-edge of boards, offsetting from jacket to endpapers. Jacket with soiling (especially at rear fold and spine), large chips at corners and spine ends, 2'' closed tear to front panel.
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