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brian cassidy bookseller: january 2018
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I had originally planned to title this list "Least Racist People" and let it otherwise speak for itself.  But this is not a time for snark. Snark is not up to the threat. It is too easily dismissive. Indeed, just too easy period. 

It is sometimes hard to know what exactly it is a time for. But current events demonstrate that forgetting is not among the options. Nor is dissembling. We must call things what they are. So this list is titled exactly what it documents: Racism.

1.  Slavery-era broadside printed and designed by one T.C. Boyd, featuring a drawing and lyrics to a ballad, which begins: "Massa's gone to town de news to hear, / And he has left the overseer, / To look over all de n***rs here, / While I make love to Sally!" Boyd notes he had 10,000 such sheets for sale at his shop. 
$200.00

2. Biblically inspired tract demonstrating that "Divine Revelation, as well as reason ... teach that the Negro is not human." Phrenologic evidence is also employed to argue the point. A fanatically Christian, racist cosmology. Scarce in the trade.  
$400.00

3. Unsettling photograph, printed and apparently taken at Davis Garber's studio at 747 Broadway in New York, depicting an older, well-to-do white man (likely missionary) holding the hand of a small African child. Undated. Ca. 1890s.
$200.00

4. Speculative history sensationalizing the threat from Japan and China. U.S. race riots lead to war in Pacific. Spoiler! It doesn't end well for the United States. Xenophobic fiction from Manson, a Bay Area engineer.
$100.00

5. Haunting image of the aftermath of the 1908 Springfield Race Riots, captioned on the verso in a contemporary hand.
$500.00

6. Vernacular photo of two figures on horseback, apparently both female and mugging for the camera. Caption on the verso reads: "Ready for an Indian hunt."
$125.00




 

7.
Fair only pamphlet written by William Simmons, an Imperial Wizard of the KKK, discussing the "noble ride" of the KKK during Reconstruction, outlining what the Klan stands for -- including the slogan "America First." 
$20.00

8.  Ca. 1920s commercial photo of a costume party featuring all female attendees in various costumes, one of whom (front and center) lies down in a straw dress and blackface, an African tribeswoman.
$150.00

9. Four issues of this rare local (Ohio) weekly KKK periodical from 1923 to 1924. OCLC locates only four locations, most in the midwest and none on the East Coast.
$250.00

10. Contributors include: Dr. H.W. Evans, "An American," and George W. McDaniel. With news on local Klan activities by state, an editorial on "The Mexican Problem," and more. 
$75.00

11. Undated blank membership form for initiation into the "invisble empire" of the KKK. Includes oath and places for names, witnesses, date, etc.
$100.00

12. Startling poster for the National Insurance Commissioners' Christmas meeting, a plantation-themed dinner, with small racist cartoons printed on edges. Lists the menu for the evening, including "Fride Grits" and "Spiced Watah-mellen." A fairly amazing document produced by this insurance regulatory organization, which still exists to this day.  
$150.00

13. Cookbook collecting short recipes for Southern foods written in exaggerated, caricatured dialect, including Mint Julep, Egg Nog, Ash-Cake, Ham, Waffles, Fried Chicken, Sally Lunn, and Beaten Biscuits. Two copies located in OCLC. 
$125.00

14. Tract warning against extending the vote to blacks as well as the dangers of miscegenation. Also includes examples of author's doggerel, such as: "White Man's Pride" and "Pretty Pink Skin, Blue Eyes and Blonde Hair." Contains chapters on "A Separate State for the Negro" & "The Delusion That Exclusion Is Abuse." OCLC locates just two locations (NYPL and Chicago).
$250.00

15. A deeply creepy photo, likely snapped on Halloween (given decorations seen over subject's shoulders), eerily juxtaposing the costumed man in blackface, the looming police officer (left), and the American flag (top right) - not to mention the birdcage. 
$75.00

16. American Nazi Party pamphlet dating soon after the war (ca. 1950s) discussing Hitler's "big lie," arguing predictably that it was somehow, in fact, the Jews' fault.  
$40.00

17. Pro-Nazi tract from a purportedly Jewish author, with an introduction by the "Commander" of the American Nazi Party, who calls the text "one of the most historical documents in the history of mankind." Rare; only one copy in OCLC. 
$85.00

18. A contemporary poster (above) and a later postcard of this widely-disseminated anti-King photo, which showed the civil rights leader attending a "Training School for Communists" (in reality the Highlander Folk School) along with Abner Berry, Aubrey Williams, and Myles Horton in 1957. Popular among the right and reproduced in many contexts (including a billboard) over many years, these two examples are typical. Scarce and ephemeral work of right-wing propaganda.
$500.00

19. Flyer opposing busing, which would "turn your neighborhood schools into a savage jungle," resulting in "cannibalism" and "a race of mulattoes." A horrifying segment on the verso shows an image of Eli Wallach's character in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" being hung, captioned with the text "Statecraft's answer to liberal race-mixers... The only answer that liberals understand!"   
$125.00

20. Statement from the World Union of Free Enterprise National Socialists, a group founded in 1962 by George Lincoln Rockwell (leader of the American Nazi Party) and Colin Jordan, the leader of the British National Socialist Movement. Outlines the group's positions on a variety of social "issues."  
$35.00

21. Incendiary pair of related broadsides in which American Nazi Party founder Lincoln Rockwell provocatively appropriates "lynching" in an appeal for "justice" and support following an event at which he was assaulted.
$200.00

22. Anti-welfare screed from the "freethought" magazine THE TRUTH SEEKER, still in publication today; issued as promotional material. "The Federal Government... is using its legislative, judicial, and financial powers to force every State in the Union to spend State-collected Tax Funds to breed black bastards.... [The laws] do not, of course, use the names 'breed,' 'black,' and 'bastards.' They employ the persuasive phrase 'Aid to Dependent Children.'" 
$25.00

23. Official publication of the ANP,  reporting on a recent US tour by their leader, Lincoln Rockwell, who spoke at the 1962 Nation of Islam conference to praise from Elijah Muhammad, among other events (including one where he was assaulted during his speech).
$125.00

24. Pamphlet published by Gov. George Wallace's presidential campaign during the 1964 primaries. Criticizes the Civil Rights Act from a segregationist and states-rights perspective. Wallace ran as a Democrat in the primaries, losing to Johnson by seven points. 
$30.00

25. Advertisement for a rally in Rising Sun, MD featuring "Several Good Speakers," "Country Music," and, of course, "The Truth." Mentions an apperance by the United Klans of America's "Imperial Wizzard [sic]" Robert M. Shelton. The United Klans faction, one of the largest subgroups of the Klan, was linked to the 1963 Baptist church bombing in Birmingham.  
$100.00

26. Starkly designed recruiting poster for this Pennsylvania KKK branch, with the often-adapted image of a Klansman atop a rearing horse holding a burning cross.  
$75.00

27. Fourteen issues of the official organ of William Pierce's white nationalist organization, the National Alliance. Once described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the best-organized and highest-funded white nationalist group in the US, the Alliance was founded in 1974 by Pierce, a former physics professor. ATTACK! features repugnant columns propagating conspiracy theories of US involvement in "world Jewry," communism (alleging that Henry Kissinger "planned communist victory" in Southeast Asia), and all manner of racist vitriol. An informative collection providing a great deal of insight into the mid-70s extreme right.
$500.00

28. Two photo prints of an unidentified but shameless gathering of American Nazis in a suburban living room, ca. 1970s. 
$100.00

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