The Negro American Artisan.

Report of a Social Study made by Atlanta University…with the Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference for the Study of the Negro Problems

One of a series of studies of “so-called Negro problems” co-edited by sociologist and academic W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963) and his student, Augustus Granville Dill (1882–1956).

The Negro American Artisan examines the Black labor force and their occupations. It comprises a state-by-state analysis of Black population and male and female skilled trades and occupations including first-hand accounts of individual workers. The title includes a select bibliography of the “Negro American Artisan” and observations on labor unions and the training of workers.

This study is an attempt to get at the facts underlying such widespread tho[ugh]t as this [“The Negro is lazy…Negroes have a childish ambition to do work for which they are not fitted…”] by making a study of the trained Negro laborer, his education, opportunity, wages and work. (p[5])

The authors conclude: “What can be said of any one of these groups of black working men can be said of them all. In so far as they are given opportunity and assured justice, in so far can the world expect from them the maximum of efficiency and service. [emphasis in original]”

Description: The Negro American Artisan.

Atlanta: The Atlanta University Press, 1912. [1–5], 6–144pp. First Edition. 8vo. Gray, stiff paper wrappers. Tables. Trifle loss at tail of spine; otherwise, near fine.


Price: $375.00