Cincinnati: Privately Printed, 1867. 2nd Edition. 8vo. Good+. Item #14764
There were many racist tracts expounding on the inferiority of the African American race during the 19th century, both before and after the Civil War.
Payne was a Southern clergyman, racist publisher and influential orator who built a wide national following traveling the country preaching his inflammatory rhetoric.
One northern newspaper described him in 1883 as “the greatest logician in the South.”
With this racist tract published under the pseudonym "Ariel", debating whether or not blacks are descended from Adam and Eve or whether or not they even have souls, Payne incurred the ire of CIVIL RIGHTS leader FREDERICK DOUGLASS, who vehemently denounced the work.
An ugly, but historically important piece of Black Americana.
Green typographical wraps with light soiling and mild edge wear. Wraps delicately reattached to string-bound text block. 48pp.