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DU BOIS, W. E. B. The Philadelphia Negro, a Social Study. Together with a Special Report on Domestic Service by Isabel Eaton, A.M. Diagram, two folding charts. Large, thick 4to, original publisher's green cloth with morocco spine label; some rubbing with loss of cloth at the spine extremities; bookplate of the Wrights.signed by du bois on the front free end-paper. Philadelphia: Published for the University, 1899
first edition, signed by du bois. Issued in both wrappers and hardcover issueThe bookplate for "The Wrights" is possibly from "The Wrights" who re-published Phillis Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects in 1909. Du Bois' monumental; study of the social conditions in which the Negroes of Philadelphia's South Ward lived, was the first such sociological study ever undertaken. Du Bois' method involved a literal door to door, house-by-house canvas of the South Ward. The conditions he found among the urban black population had a profound effect on him, reflected in this study and his subsequent work. Horace Bumstead, President of Atlanta University was impressed enough to offer Du Bois an appointment in sociology and directorship at the University that resulted in the "Atlanta University Studies of the Negro Problem." Blockson 101 #48.
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