New York: Friendship Press, (1936). Octavo, original brown and buff pictorial paper wrappers. Wrappers very lightly sunned.
First edition of white anthropologist Ina Corinne Brown’s The Story of the Negro, a popular history text revised and reprinted into the 1950s. Brown first became interested in race relations through her early work with Christian missionaries, eventually pursuing a doctorate in social anthropology from the University of Chicago. The Story of the American Negro focuses on “the Negro as the chief figure in one of the most dramatic migrations and adjustments made by any people in human history,” starting with Estevan's arrival in the New World in the sixteenth century and concluding with the Great Migration. This first edition features an original cover design by Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas, featuring a black man, shackles broken, turning from the jungle toward a modern city skyline. A crisp, near-fine copy.