New York: Neale Publishig Co, 1913. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Original dark blue cloth with titles in gilt on spine. Sunning to spine, light rubbing to extremities and a few minor blemishes to front board. Signed and inscribed by Lynch "your friend, the author" on the front endpaper. Frontis photo of Lynch, 325 pages. 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
Born a slave in Louisiana in 1847, and after escaping from a plantation, John Roy Lynch was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives at the age of 22, becoming its first African American Speaker three years later, in 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."