Illustrated from Photos
Evidences of Progress Among Colored People
Notes: A sort of biographical encyclopedia of African American institutions and the men and women involved in running them. The focus is on organizations working to educate and support Black Americans, rather than on successful individuals. Many of the places and people described are illustrated with halftone photographs or metal etchings.
Richings, a black scholar, intended to educate white readers about the progress of African Americans since the Civil War. Among his black readers, he hoped to "stimulate a greater interest in these institutions and thereby bring the race up to a higher educational and social level."
This book went through at least ten editions in the late 19th and early 20th century, suggesting that Richings at least in part achieved his goals.
xvi, 17–416 pages, including an introduction by Benjamin W. Arnett.
Edition + Condition: First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in lightly worn publisher's cloth. An especially nice copy.
Publication: Philadelphia: Geo. S. Ferguson Co., 1896.
Item No: #354350