Services of Colored Americans, in the Wars of 1776 and 1812. William C. NELL, intro Wendell Phillips.

Services of Colored Americans, in the Wars of 1776 and 1812

Boston: Robert F. Wallcut, 1852. Second Edition. Significantly expanded edition of the African American abolitionist author's first published work with a new introduction by Wendell Phillips. The author began his career as an errand boy at the Boston offices of William Lloyd Garrison's "Liberator," quickly rising through the ranks to the position of clerk and contributor. In 1848 he moved to Rochester, New York, to help publish Frederick Douglass's newspaper the "North Star," though when a rift occured between Garrison and Douglass, Nell opted to return to the offices of the former. Back in Boston, Nell campaigned heavily to integrate the schools, leading to Massachusetts legislature outlawing racially separated education in the state. Additionally, Nell "perceived that black history and memory would help shape the identity of his race and advance the struggle against slavery and racial prejudice...The careful scholarship and innovative use of oral sources in Nell's works, which were far broader than their titles suggest, made them the most useful and important histories of African Americans written in the Civil War era" ( HOWES N50; SABIN 52303. Octavo (21cm.); disbound; 40pp. Light wear, else a Very Good, still quite fresh copy.

Price: $650.00

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