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The Works of Francis J. Grimke [4 volume set complete]

The Works of Francis J. Grimke [4 volume set complete]

Carter Woodson (1875-1950), editor; [Francis James Grimke (1850-1937)] Washington, D.C.: The Associated Publishers, Inc., (1942). 4 Volumes. First Edition. xxii, 633pp; ix, 604pp; iv, 645pp; and xvi, 592pp. 8vos. Publisher's brown cloth with black spine titling. A handsome set save for with inactive light purple waterstaining at fore-edges of covers of Volume IV and also affecting its endpapers and endleaves. Contents tight and clean; very good. Collected essays, addresses, sermons, and letters by and to anti-slavery and civil rights activist Francis J. Grimké (1850-1937), an African American member of the noted Grimké family of Charleston, South Carolina. Grimké was a Princeton-trained Presbyterian minister associated with W.E.B Du Bois' Niagara Movement that actively opposed racial segregation and disenfranchisement: "As Jim Crow laws became more manifest and lynching increased, he moved from an accommodationist philosophy represented byBooker T. Washingtonto a more strident demand for government action in protecting the civil rights of black American citizens. . He repeatedly stressed self-improvement as a means of achieving equal rights with other segments of American society. . Through industriousness black citizens could, he argued, insist on parity with whites because they deserved it. In the years around 1895 Grimké moved from an accommodationist to a gadfly, impatient at slow progress and insistent on faster change. He criticized Booker T. Washington for being too meek, and his prophetic ardor did not diminish with age. (ANB)" Grimké's writings include biographical essays on noted abolitionists and African Americans; addresses on race and lynching; sermons on contemporary events-especially as they related to racial issues; sermons on training children, marriage, temperance, and womanhood. The fourth volume is comprised entirely of Grimké's incoming and outgoing correspondence, from 1884 to 1937.
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Grant, Lincoln and the Freedmen. Reminiscences of the Civil War with Special Reference to the Work for the Contrabands and Freedmen of the Mississippi Valley

John Eaton (1829-1906) in collaboration with Ethel Osgood Mason New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1907. First Edition. Frontispiece, xxxviii, 331pp + [3] plates (incl. one fold-out). 8vo. Publisher's dark blue cloth; gilt spine titling. Rubbing at extremities and some brief wear; lower hinge starting; good. Autobiography of American Civil War general (brevet) and U.S. Commissioner of Education, John Eaton (1829-1906). Eaton attended Andover Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1861. During the American Civil War he served as a chaplain in Missouri and Tennessee with the 27th Regiment of Ohio Volunteers. "In November 1862 [General Ulysses S.] Grant selected the young chaplain for the difficult task of caring for the negroes who flocked into the army camps. Under Grant's orders Eaton organized the freedmen into camps where provision was made for their physical needs and their education, and they were set to work picking cotton on abandoned plantations and cutting wood for the river steamboats. Eaton's jurisdiction as superintendent of freedmen was extended over the whole department of the Tennessee, including Arkansas. When the Freedmen's Bureau, for which Eaton's successful organization was an important precedent, was organized in [March 1865], he was appointed an assistant commissioner in charge of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and parts of Virginia." (DAB) Work p418.