Feb 21, 2008 - Sale 2137

Sale 2137 - Lot 378

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THE "ENCYLOPAEDIA AFRICANA" WOODSON, CARTER G. Correspondence with James Amos Porter and Dorothy Porter concerning the writing and publication of an "Encylopedia Africana." Four Typed Letters Signed by Woodson, the retained copies of replies from the Porters and several other items including a ribbon copy of Woodson's original proposal for the project, first envisioned by him in 1921. should be seen. Washington, D.C. 1948-1956

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Carter G. Woodson once said in a letter to Charles Harris Wesley, "If the Negro is to settle down to publishing merely what others permit him to bring out, the world will never know what the race has thought and felt and attempted and accomplished, and the story of the Negro will perish with him." (1937). Woodson's dream of an "Encyclopedia Africana" was not realized during his lifetime, it fell to Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates Jr, who edited the massive 2000 page volume in 1999.