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(DU BOIS, W. E. B.) The Amenia Conference, An Historic Negro Gathering. 18 pages. 8vo, original stiff orange paper wrappers with yapped edges; loosely laid in is the prospectus for the Troutbeck Leaflets; some very light foxing. Amenia: Troutbeck Press, 1925
first edition, one of only 200 copies. Following the death of Booker T. Washington in 1915, with racism, mob violence and lynching on the rise, the NAACP, under the leadership of W. E. B. Du Bois, called for an historic conference. Civil rights leaders "of all shades and opinion" gathered together to assess an approach to a "new era." Du Bois later said of the conference that "It not only marked the end of the old things and the old thoughts and the old ways of attacking the race problem, but in addition to this it was the beginning of the new things. Probably on account of our meeting, the Negro race was more and more ready to meet the problems of the world than it could possibly have been without these beautiful days of understanding."
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