Half a Man. The Status of the Negro in New York.
Half a Man. The Status of the Negro in New York.

Half a Man. The Status of the Negro in New York.


Civil rights reformer, Mary White Ovington, caucasian, was a founder of the N.A.A.C.P. “Ovington began in 1904 a study of black Manhattan. Focusing particularly on housing and employment problems, her work resulted in 1911 in publication of Half a Man. The Status of the Negro in New York. In the course of her research, Ovington met New York’s black leaders, learned from them about community problems, began a correspondence with black scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, tried unsuccessfully to establish a settlement house for blacks, and lived for a time as the only white in a black tenement.” (NAW, Modern Period, p517)


Description: Half a Man. The Status of the Negro in New York.

London, Bombay, and Calcutta: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1911. First edition. Publisher’s gilt-lettered dark blue cloth, without dust jacket. Spine partially cocked, thin reside line old old paper to upper cover, light foxing to endpapers; else very good and clean.

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