May 07, 2020 - Sale 2534

Sale 2534 - Lot 368

Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(POLITICS.) A Call to a Convention to Establish the All-Harlem Peoples Party. 4 printed pages, 10 x 7 inches, on one folding sheet; folds, minor toning. New York, 20 June 1936

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This convention united more than a hundred Harlem community organizations to address "the impoverishment of this community, its neglect and abuse," and to work for "protection of the civil liberties particularly of the Negro people." This flier offers a short summary of dismal recent history under Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt, concluding that "Harlem, the largest Negro community in America, must lead the way toward an independent party freed from . . . corruption, false promises and betrayals." The party was renamed the All Peoples Party at the convention and ran several candidates (black and white) in the 1936 city elections, most notably African-American labor organizer Angelo Herndon, who lost in the race for an Assembly seat. No other examples traced at auction or in OCLC.