Defense of the Negro Race — Charges Answered. Speech of Hon. George H. White, of North Carolina, in the House of Representatives, January 29, 1901.
One of a small handful of titles authored by this historically significant Black American attorney and Congressman from North Carolina:
“As a well-educated veteran politician and advocate of racial justice, White served as a spokesman for African Americans at the turn of the twentieth century. White, for example, introduced the first bill to make lynching a Federal crime. Indicating that he was well aware that he would be the last black Congressman for some time, White eloquently described the impact and illogical nature of white racism in his ‘Defense of the Negro Race—Charges Answered,’ speech delivered in the U.S. House of Representatives on January 29, 1901. In his speech, white argued that his Euro-American colleagues defied the U.S. Constitution when they encouraged racial violence, flamed the fires of racial animosity, and encouraged passage of laws which denied to African Americans privileges preserved for them in the Fourteenth and Fifteen Amendments. He condemned the tendency among some Democratic Congressmen to publicly extol the negative attributes of a few African American individuals as representative of the entire race.” (Blackpast.org)
White was the last of five Black American Congressmen to serve during the beginnings of the Jim Crow era. No Black American would be elected to Congress from the South until 1972 and none from North Carolina until 1992.
OCLC: 9 copies: Cornell, Yale, Howard, U. Ill., Harvard, Smith, UNC, Ohio Hist. Connection, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.
Description: Defense of the Negro Race — Charges Answered. Speech of Hon. George H. White, of North Carolina, in the House of Representatives, January 29, 1901.
Washington: [U.S. Government Printing Office], 1901. First edition. 14pp. Printed self-wrappers; stapled. Some soling and chipping at edges, especially to final, blank leaf; Very Good.