This sale is for an original 1897 edition of " THE BLACKBERRIES " by Edward W. THIS BOOK WILL SHOCK YOU!! It is a relic of an era where racially inappropriate and insensitive products were widely available.
We believe it serves as important tool for education about the past. The historic racist view of blacks depicted in this book became deeply embedded in American popular culture with the emergence of the minstrel show in the 1840's. The image of black people in the white mind focused on outrageous depictions of individual blacks and their assumed cultural practices. Countless representations of impoverished blacks with ink-black skin, large thick red lips, and bulging eyeballs appeared almost everywhere in the public arena.
Dozens of graphic artists and illustrators prospered as racial commercial artists by drawing such images to sell products and to illustrate show bills and magazines. Most prominent was Edward W. Kemble, whose racist illustrations were notorious in America and Europe.
One of the most admired illustrators and cartoonists of the late nineteenth century, E. Kemble dominated what some historians have termed the genial school of American caricature. His illustrations for Southern authors and his cartoons were pervasive in the books and illustrated journals of his day. His career as an illustrator and cartoonist was given a tremendous lift in 1884 when one of his early drawings caught the eye of Mark Twain and ultimately led to his receiving the assignment to illustrate Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , containing 174 illustrations by Kemble.
His work also appeared in several volumes of Joel Chandler Harris' Uncle Remus stories. He also illustrated Uncle Tom's Cabin , Pudd'nhead Wilson , and Colonel Carter of Cartersville. The Blackberries and Their Adventures. Has for its thread of story the history of a parcel of colored children whose haps and mishaps are depicted in alternate pages of darky doggerel and colored plates.
The general effect is that of broad caricature verging on silliness, but never coarseness, though there are not lacking points in which there is an amusing take-off upon the fads of the day which approaches the amusing. The little black people with their expressive countenances and grotesque dresses pack their trunks for the country, go running away on their bicycles and tandems, narrowly escape disasters on the mountains, "shoot the chutes" to their great dismay, try the perils of the race course, encounter sharks on the beach, engage in pedestrian tournaments, go crabbing and get crabbed, are blown up with Fourth of July fireworks, enjoy the pleasures of flirtation on the campground, try their hands at golf and polo, revel in the cock fight, accomplish a triumph in the way of a snow man, come to grief in hunting for a bear, and end with a bridal and a honeymoon. Kemble sure has a clever pencil.Published in 1897, this charming book is in GOOD+ CONDITION! For its age and especially to be almost 123 YEARS OLD!!! It measures 9" x 12" and is complete with 66 pages. It is beautifully illustrated with 16 FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS!!!
Printed on one side only using heavy cardstock. With no tears or markings.Its most notable imperfection is the text block is separated from the covers, as pictured. This is an EXTREMELY RARE!!! Book that a search of all the major internet book sites reveals this to be ONE OF ONLY TWO AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE!!! At the time of this listing so... GET IT WHILE YOU CAN!! Please see our other books too! The item "1897 AFRICAN AMERICAN BLACK BERRIES Americana History CHILDREN Civil War Slavery" is in sale since Thursday, December 5, 2019. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "rebel_soldier" and is located in Cameron, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.