The Negro In Virginia. From 1619 to the Present Day.

Important history of African Americans in Virginia written by African-Americans and published under the auspices of the federal Work Projects Administration (WPA) in Virginia and sponsored by The Hampton Institute, an historically black college (HBCU).

According to The Dream and the Deal: The Federal Writers’ Project, 1935-1943, the book was prepared under the supervision of a black scholar, Roscoe E. Lewis. “Supported by the Hampton Institute, where the [Virginia Writers] Project made its headquarters, an all-Negro unit worked several years conducting hundreds of interviews and digging up, from musty records, books and newspaper files, forgotten information about the story of the Negro dating back to 1619.”¹ As Lewis writes in the Preface to The Negro In Virginia:

It is appropriate that the first WPA State book on the Negro be produced in Virginia; for here the first African natives were brought and held in enforced servitude, and here also, more than two centuries later, freedom for some 5,000,000 of their descendants was assured on the surrender grounds at Appomattox. In a real sense, the story of the Negro in Virginia is also the story of the American Negro…

The book contains numerous gravure illustrations from photographs and historical prints and an extensive bibliography.

Description: The Negro In Virginia. From 1619 to the Present Day.

New York: Hastings House Publishers, MCMXL [1940]. xii, 380pp. First Edition. 8vo. Original light blue coarse cloth, lettered in dark blue. With illustrations from photographs; maps on endpapers. Substantial browning to map endpapers; very good in a photo-illustrated dust jacket in fair condition which has interior tape mends and is worn.


Note. 1. Mangione, The Dream and the Deal: The Federal Writers’ Project, 1935-1943 (Syracuse, 1996), p259ff.

Price: $100.00