Chicago: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., 1975. 24x19cm: 356pp. Signed by the author, Best Wishes, / Lerone Bennett on the front free endpaper. Likely book club edition, although not explicitly stated, lacking price on dust jacket. Illustrated by Charles White with ten sepia-toned plates, one at the start of each chapter. Greenish brown cloth boards with gilt titling to front and spine. Interior clean and binding tight. Head and tail of spine bumped with some wear to board edges and corners. Illustrated dust jacket with minor wear and creasing to edges, most notable to head and tail of spine. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket.
This work serves as “a historical reconstruction of the history of Black people in the United States, since the famous landing of the 20 blacks at Jamestown in 1619.” The book is divided into two sections, Foundations and Directions. The first section “begins with the first generation of African-Americans and contains chapters on the Black founding fathers, the white semi-slaves of America, and the vitally important story of the relations between Blacks and Indians. There is also a chapter on the Black pioneers, who created a new historical form, in part African, in part European, in part X.” The latter section “focuses on the history of Black labor and Black capital (not Black capitalism) and ends with the central paradoxes of the political economy of Blackness.”.