THE NEGRO QUESTION.

[New York: Published by the American Missionary Association, 1888]. 32pp. Disbound [bit of loosening]. Original printed front wrapper, decorated border, with wrapper title as issued. Lacking the rear wrapper. Except as noted, Very Good with a pristine text.

BAL records this 1888 pamphlet as a predecessor to the 1890 printing of 173 pages. This copy, and his 1890 'Southern Struggle for Pure Government,' "were revised and extended" for the 1890 volume.
Cable (1844 - 1925) is credited, with Bret Harte, as a founder "of the so-called local color episode in American fiction" [DAB]. Wikipedia cites Cable as "the most important southern artist working in the late 19th century." He made his mark in popular fiction, depicting Creole life in his native New Orleans, but his writing turned to advocacy of "changed election laws, of reform in prison administration, of abolition of the contract labor system, and of justice for the negro" [BAL].
Cable boldly asserts in this pamphlet: "Nowhere in the entire Union, either North or South, are the disadvantages of being a black, or partly black, man confined entirely to the relations of domestic life and private society; but that in every part there is a portion, at least, of the community that does not claim for, or even willingly yield to, the negro, the whole calendar of American rights in the same far-reaching amplitude and sacredness that they do for, or to, the white man."
BAL 2353. Work 588. LCP records only the 1890 printing. Item #37701

Price: $450.00