The Works of Francis J. Grimke [4 volume set complete].
Collected essays, addresses, sermons, and letters by and to anti-slavery and civil rights activist Francis J. Grimké (1850–1937), an African American member of the noted Grimké family of Charleston, South Carolina.
Grimké was a Princeton-trained Presbyterian minister associated with W.E.B Du Bois’ Niagara Movement that actively opposed racial segregation and disenfranchisement:
As Jim Crow laws became more manifest and lynching increased, he moved from an accommodationist philosophy represented by Booker T. Washington to a more strident demand for government action in protecting the civil rights of black American citizens. … He repeatedly stressed self-improvement as a means of achieving equal rights with other segments of American society. … Through industriousness black citizens could, he argued, insist on parity with whites because they deserved it. In the years around 1895 Grimké moved from an accommodationist to a gadfly, impatient at slow progress and insistent on faster change. He criticized Booker T. Washington for being too meek, and his prophetic ardor did not diminish with age. (ANB)
Grimké’s writings include biographical essays on noted abolitionists and African Americans; addresses on race and lynching; sermons on contemporary events—especially as they related to racial issues; sermons on training children, marriage, temperance, and womanhood. The fourth volume is comprised entirely of Grimké’s incoming and outgoing correspondence, from 1884 to 1937.
Description: The Works of Francis J. Grimke [4 volume set complete].
Washington, D.C.: The Associated Publishers, Inc., (1942). 4 Volumes. First Edition. xxii, 633pp; ix, 604pp; iv, 645pp; and xvi, 592pp. 8vos. Publisher’s brown cloth with black spine titling. Brief rubbing to tips and some dusting to edges; lower cover of final volume bumped with some creasing; no table of contents in Vol. IV, as issued; overall, very good.