A Layman’s Guide to Negro History. [from the library of Black civil right activist Pauli Murray]


An historico-documentary, biographical, and bibliographical guide to Black history in America.  Sections include “Early Negro Petitions and Protests,” “Congressional Medal of Honor Winners,” “Population Census Figures,” and “Negroes in Congress, 1870–1966.”  There are also extensive bibliographies (over half the book) on such themes as slave revolts, Reconstruction, “TheTriumph of White Supremacy, 1876–1900,” “Racial Attitudes in Textbooks,” and “Selected Books for Children and Young Adults.” 

This copy from the library of Dr. Pauli Murray (1910–1985) prominent civil rights and women’s rights activist, lawyer, author, and Baltimore-native. Murray was also an administrator at Benedict College (HBCU) in Columbia, South Carolina at the time she acquired the book. After graduating from Hunter College in 1933, Murray became a lawyer and worked in areas of civil and women’s rights. A native of North Carolina, she was the first woman to receive a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from Yale Law School and was the first African-American female Episcopal priest. In her professional life she was praised by Thurgood Marshall. She was also a one-time collaborator with Ruth Bader Ginsberg.


Description: A Layman’s Guide to Negro History. [from the library of Black civil right activist Pauli Murray]

New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, (1966, 1967). New, Enlarged Edition. xviii, [1–2], 3–196, [1]pp. Sm. 8vo. Publisher’s cloth. From the library of Dr. Pauli Murray, with her Benedict College rubber-stamp mark of ownership on the free, front endpaper. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket.

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Price: $100.00