New York: The Neale Publishing Company, 1915. Original blue publisher's cloth, with title and Neale imprint stamped in gilt on spine. , 232 pp, as issued, with frontis photo illustration of the author and seventeen additional full-page photo illustrations [not included in the pagination], all as noted in the List of Illustrations. Presentation inscription in pencil on the front free endpaper: "Laura L. Case from William H. Holtzclaw." Near Fine.
Holtzclaw was born in Roanoke, Alabama, during Reconstruction, in "a little cabin, fourteen feet by sixteen feet, made of split pine poles, with only dirt for a floor." His parents had been slaves.
From Wikipedia [omitting footnotes]: "William Henry Holtzclaw (1870–1943) was an educator and the founder of Utica Institute in Mississippi. Holtzclaw was a graduate of the Tuskegee Institute and desired to start his own school. He settled in Utica, Mississippi, bought land on credit, and persuaded the locals to appoint him teacher of what was then called the Utica Negro School in 1902. Holtzclaw and his students built the first and second school buildings themselves. By 1903 the school had 225 pupils and was supported by white and black members of the community. The school became incorporated by the state of Mississippi as the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute for the Training of Colored Young Men and Women and taught both academic subjects and also vocational work. Holtzclaw became principal of the school and worked on attracting funds, and received donations from Andrew Carnegie. Holtzclaw was also a writer. He published two newspapers, the monthly Utica News and a school newspaper, Southern Notes. He published his autobiography, The Black Man's Burden, in 1915."
FIRST EDITION. Work 475. Blockson 2371. Krick, Neale Books 225. Item #37702