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Following the Color Line: An Account of Negro Citizenship in the American Democracy

BAKER, Ray Stannard Considered the muckracking journalist's most controversial work, a collection of articles written during his travels through the American South, garnering praise from Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Jane Addams, and others. Baker's work includes an account of the Atlanta riots of 1906, in which more than 25 African Americans were murdered by a white mob over the course of two days. Nevertheless, Baker was keen not to offend his Southern readership and the work is peppered with descriptions of "Negroes of the criminal type," while the class disparities between white and black communities are sometimes significantly down-played. Baker "ultimately concluded that only time would remedy the problems of race in America. The distancing of Baker and other progressives from racial issues shaped the conclusions of [C. Vann] Woodward and other scholars about blacks and progressivism" (Jimmie Franklin, "Blacks and the Progressive Movement: Emergence of a New Synthesis," in the "OAH Magazine of History," Vol. 13, no. 1, Spring, 1999, p. 20). Octavo (22.5cm.); publisher's dark olive green cloth lettered in gilt, top edge gilt; xii,314pp.; photographic frontispiece, 23 leaves of plates, one map in text. Light shelf wear, corners slightly bumped, spine gilt a bit dulled, contemporary bookseller ticket to front free endpaper, else Very Good or better overall.