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Your Negro Neighbor   By: (1882-1939)

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Transcriber's Note: Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.

YOUR NEGRO NEIGHBOR

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

NEW YORK · BOSTON · CHICAGO · DALLAS ATLANTA · SAN FRANCISCO

MACMILLAN & CO., LIMITED

LONDON · BOMBAY · CALCUTTA MELBOURNE

THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, LTD.

TORONTO

[Illustration: JOANNA P. MOORE]

YOUR NEGRO NEIGHBOR

BY BENJAMIN BRAWLEY Author of "A Short History of the American Negro," "The Negro in Literature and Art," etc.

New York THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1918 All rights reserved

COPYRIGHT, 1918 BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

Set up and electrotyped. Published June, 1918.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I YOUR NEGRO NEIGHBOR 1

II THE NEGRO IN AMERICA: HISTORICAL REVIEW 10

III THE NEGRO AS AN INDUSTRIAL FACTOR 33

IV LYNCHING 41

V ASPECTS OF NEGRO EDUCATION 48

VI A GREAT MISSIONARY: JOANNA P. MOORE 61

VII SOME CRITICS AND THEIR FALLACIES 73

VIII THE PROMISE OF THE NEGRO 84

IX A PLEA FOR A MORALIST 91

YOUR NEGRO NEIGHBOR

I

YOUR NEGRO NEIGHBOR

To the People of the United States of America ,

CITIZENS AND PATRIOTS:

Our country is still in the midst of the greatest war in the history of mankind. Already our sons and brothers have died in Europe. While the sacrifice is great, and each day comes home more closely to us, there must be no ceasing of the conflict until victory is assured. The principles of Christ must prevail, and democracy must be given some chance in the world. Because we believe this, because we love our country, because we wish to see our country truly noble and great, I am once more asking your attention to the vital subject of the place of the Negro in our American life.

We feel that we may not unreasonably ask a hearing at this time. In the war now raging we have fully done our part, if indeed any American could venture to say that he has done his part. Whether as officers or stevedores our men have borne their share of the brunt of battle. Let it not be supposed that many of them did not enter the conflict with misgiving. They could not readily forget that under our country's flag crimes unspeakable had been committed against them. They could not help remembering that even as they went forth to fight, their sisters and their wives did not have the full protection of the law. They still had faith, however, in the great heart of the American people; and they could not believe that when the nation's finest manhood was being given for the principles of democracy and Christianity, deliberate injustice would indefinitely be tolerated.

We remember of course at this time that public sentiment with reference to the Negro has undergone a great change within fifty years. Immediately after the Civil War there was a spirit, in the North at least, to give him a helping hand, though even here he was not always wanted as a laborer. In a period when feeling ran high there was a tendency to base his rights on the fundamental principles of the republic. Recently, however, in the stress of commercialism, the status of the Negro, along with many other grave moral questions, has been much in the background... Continue reading book >>




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