The Negro Problem. A Series of Articles by Representative American Negroes of To-Day.


An early 20th century survey of the state of African Americans in the United States written by seven leading African American intellectuals in the fields of academics, literature, religion, law, and journalism.

Contents include “Industrial Education for the Negro” by educator and orator Booker T. Washington; “The Disenfranchisement of the Negro” by novelist Charles W. Chesnutt; “The Negro and the Law” by constitutional lawyer Wilford H. Smith; “The Characteristics of the Negro People” by A.M.E. church leader H.T. Kealing; “Representative American Negroes” by poet Paul Laurence Dunbar; and “The Negro’s Place in American Life at the Present Day” by newspaper editor T. Thomas Fortune.

Included within is sociologist and historian W.E.B. Du Bois’ seminal essay on the upper, leading class of African Americans, “The Talented Tenth.” The term “talented tenth” was first coined in 1896 by Baptist home missionary Henry L. Morehouse (1834–1917)—after whom Morehouse College is named, but it was popularized nationally by Du Bois in his essay first published here.


Description: The Negro Problem. A Series of Articles by Representative American Negroes of To-Day.

New York: James Pott & Company, 1903. First Edition. Frontispiece portrait, 234pp. + [6] plates. Halftone portraits. Ownership inscription on preliminary leaf. Mild mottling to covers; two pinprick holes along upper joint; ffep neatly removed; all else very good and with bright gilt.

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Price: $125.00