The Negro and the White Man. [Association Copy]
Association Copy of the author’s second book; this copy belonging to Levi Jenkins Coppin (1848–1924), missionary and educator, with his signature and dated by him in the year of the book’s publication. A native of Frederick Town, Maryland, Coppin was the 20th Bishop of the A.M.E. Church. He lived at various times in Wilmington, Delaware, Baltimore, Cape Town, South Africa and Philadelphia. “Coppin was a moderately conservative theologian on the issue of race. Although he counseled patience, hard work, and thrift, he did hold membership in social protest groups such as the Afro-American Council and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.”¹
The son of slaves, and born on a Georgia plantation, Wesley John Gaines (1840–1912) would become the 16th Bishop of the AME Church. Gaines founded Morris Brown College in Atlanta and served as a trustee at Wilberforce University, Ohio. The DAB notes: “In 1890 he published African Methodism in the South; and in 1897, The Negro and the White Man, in which he set forth in admirable spirit what he considered to be the possibilities and needs of the colored race in the United States. He died at Atlanta in his seventy-second year, having won the high regard of all classes.”
An excellent association copy connecting one Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church with another.
Description: The Negro and the White Man. [Association Copy]
Philadelphia: A.M.E. Publishing, 1897. First Edition. Publisher’s dark blue cloth. Spine rubbed at head and foot; gilt lettering dulled; one leaf with short closed tear expertly mended with tissue; scattered pencil underling; a very good copy.
Work p363. Ref. Coppin, Levi Jenkins | Encyclopedia accessed online. For thorough profiles of both men see Wright’s The Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (Nashville, 1963).