New York: Simon & Schuster, 1949. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. Red cloth with black lettering. Light wear to extremities and nudged corners. One blemish, a 1" x 2" gray spot where red cloth has been torn away revealing the gray board. Predates by more than a decade John Griffin's similar sojourn as a disguised African-American in the deep south. Good Plus. Item #75415
Sprigle, "a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, posed for a month as a black man to experience firsthand what life was like for 10 million people living under the system of legal segregation known as Jim Crow. He wrote of his experiences in a 21-part series for the newspaper entitled (and beginning with): "I was a Negro in the South for 30 Days". Sprigle wrote: 'I quit being white, and free, and an American citizen when I climbed aboard that Jim Crow coach...From then on, until I came up out of the South four weeks later, I was black, and in bondage -- not quite slavery but not quite freedom either' .
Sprigle won the Pulitzer Prize in 1938 for his stories about Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black's connections with the Ku Klux Klan. Later he was presented with a medal for his series about the shady underside of the meat industry, posing as a black-market butcher. After that Sprigle "worked as an attendant in several state institutions while gathering material for a series of Pennsylvania's mental hospitals, and worked as a coal miner for still another story... (About The Author - rear of book).