Los Angeles. 1919. 317pp., including illustrations and frontispiece portrait. Original yellow pictorial cloth. Very faint evidence of call number removal from lower portion of spine. Very clean and fresh internally. Overall, a very attractive copy, much nicer than usually found. Item #WRCAM55423
A presentation copy, warmly inscribed by Mrs. Beasley to "Mr. Beardsley" of Berkeley, California on the front fly leaf. This copy bears the bookplate of Catholic priest and noted collector Joseph M. Gleason on the front pastedown. A scarce, important and trailblazing early history of African Americans in California, privately published after years of assiduous research. Mrs. Beasley's book is a wide- ranging work, incorporating a historical narrative with biographical sketches of leading black citizens, including doctors, lawyers, musicians, journalists, religious leaders, and educators. She drew heavily on primary sources, including papers, memoirs, and oral histories at the Bancroft Library and California State Library, and travelled throughout the state to interview subjects. She also examined every African-American newspaper published in California since the first was issued in 1855. The resulting book is a monument to her efforts and to the African-American men and women she profiles, from the earliest pioneers through to Spanish- American War veterans and those involved with the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The book reportedly took eighteen years to complete - ten to research and the rest to write. COWAN, p.40. ZAMORANO SELECT 4. ROCQ 16678. ABAJIAN 2017. EBERSTADT 107:19.