Boston: W. Grandison, Printer, 1907. First Edition. Octavo (23cm). Staple-bound pamphlet; printed paper self-wrappers; 16pp. Mild external soil, still a fresh, unmarked, Very Good or better example.
A call to action to African-Americans following the Brownsville Affair of 1906, in which President Theodore Roosevelt summarily discharged, without honor, 167 members of an all-Black U.S. Army battalion who had been accused of murdering a white bartender in Brownsville, Texas. Though forensic evidence clearly proved the soldiers' innocence, Roosevelt proceeded with the mass expulsion. The author of this pamphlet, a Boston Baptist minister and member of the Boston Suffrage League, accuses Roosevelt of outright racism, writing: "...the President of the United States, with hatred and malice did ridicule, abuse and charge the Negro soldiers of the United States Army with cowardice...I charge Theodore Roosevelt ... for dishonestly discharging the Black Battalion without trial...this is the most extraordinary act that was ever done under a republican form of government. This act could only be done by Napoleon, the Czar of Russia, or the Sultan of Turkey, but absolutely repugnant and hateful under a Constitutional government such as ours..." Scarce; not in Blockson or LCP Afro-Americana, and we trace no copies in commerce.