New York: Neale Publishig Co, 1913. First Edition. Hardcover. New York: The Neale Publishing Company. First edition. Signed and inscribed by Lynch "your friend, the author" on the front endpaper. Frontis photo of Lynch, 325 pages. Original dark blue cloth with titles in gilt on spine. Light stain to bottom quarter of front edge, some spotting to top edge, text clean, binding tight. Cover is bright and clean, corners are sharp. A very good copy of an elusive book. Very Good. Item #74133
Lynch was the first African-American speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives (1873) Lynch states in his preface that he will present what is "based upon the author's own knowledge, contact and experience." He presents a defense of the Reconstruction and attempts to "present the facts as they were and are...and to set them down without the slightest regard as to their effect upon the public mind, except so far as that mind may be influenced by the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth."