New York: Vanguard Press, 1929. First Edition. A comprehensive and unflinching portrait of African-American life in the first decades of the Twentieth Century. In his 1929 review of the book for The Book League Monthly, Langston Hughes concluded: "...is it not almost unbelievable...that twelve million people should live in an American democracy under a caste system as pernicious in its effects, and as tightly unyielding in its way, as any in India? Yet Scott Nearing with his statistics, his pictures, his excerpts from social service reports, and his own simple comments in Black America makes you feel the terrible realness of it all. Mr. Nearing is a white man, but I, being a Negro, will swear that he has not lied." Octavo. Patterned cloth boards; 275pp; illus. Rear flap of dustwrapper laid in. 56 inserted leaves of photographic plates (halftones) on coated paper, included in pagination. Old stains and small paper loss at pp132-133, where two plate pages have adhered, else a VG, lightly used copy.