[New York: American Missionary Association, 1888]. First Edition. Essay later expanded in the author's collection of the same title, published in 1890. Cable, though himself born into a slaveholding family, describes the deteriorating conditions for African-Americans in the South following the end of Reconstruction. BAL 2348. Slim octavo (23cm.); publisher's decorative terracotta wrappers; 32pp. Wrappers rather brittle with shallow chips along extremities, bottom third of spine split, else Good or better, internally clean and sound.