Reminiscences of an Active Life: The Autobiography of John Roy Lynch.
The first black American from Mississippi elected to the United States Congress
Published for the first time, the autobiography of this remarkable man born into slavery on a Louisiana plantation. Lynch rose to become Speaker of the House for the Mississippi legislature and later became the first African American elected to the United States Congress from Mississippi. Among his accomplishments were the securing of the Civil Rights Bill of 1875 and the first black American to deliver the keynote address at a Republican National Convention, the latter event would not happen again until 1968.
Description: Reminiscences of an Active Life: The Autobiography of John Roy Lynch.
Chicago and London: University of Chicago, (1970). 521pp. First Edition. Inscribed and Signed by the Editor, John Hope Franklin. Publisher’s cloth. Light spotting to edges of text block. Near fine in a dust jacket in like condition.