San Francisco, CA (1929): Pilot Publishing Co. First Edition. Octavo. Item #023221
64(1) pp. Louis Baldwin was instrumental in bringing the first National Negro Businessmen's Convention to Boston in 1900, which was organized by Booker T. Washington. Baldwin was a member of the planning committee for the convention and was made member of the new National Negro Business League's executive committee. This book presents the way fair-skinned Blacks had abandoned their one-time affiliations with Negroes, including their own relatives, and by mingling at first commercially or industrially, then socially with Caucasians, have ultimately been absorbed by the latter. The text is an early look into the practice of passing, meaning fair-skinned minorities passing as white. The book has been cited in numerous texts on the subject. A stapled bound blue stiff paper wrap lettered and decorated in black bound into green cloth covered boards lettered in gilt, old cloth tape mend to gutter of pages 30 and 31, front wrapper has an old, closed tear repair. previous owner's bookplate of Noel Sullivan, a concert singer and philanthropist who was also greatly interested in the welfare of Negroes and many became close personal friends. He supported Langston Hughes, Marian Anderson, William Lawrence and a young African American singer, Marcus Hall. A very nice copy of this very scarce work.