IN THE LAND OF JIM CROW. Ray Sprigle.
IN THE LAND OF JIM CROW
IN THE LAND OF JIM CROW
IN THE LAND OF JIM CROW
IN THE LAND OF JIM CROW

IN THE LAND OF JIM CROW

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).

Price: $100.00

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