Plea of the Negro Soldier and a Hundred Other Poems. Charles Frederick White, 1876-.
Plea of the Negro Soldier and a Hundred Other Poems
Plea of the Negro Soldier and a Hundred Other Poems
Plea of the Negro Soldier and a Hundred Other Poems
Plea of the Negro Soldier and a Hundred Other Poems
Plea of the Negro Soldier and a Hundred Other Poems

Plea of the Negro Soldier and a Hundred Other Poems

Easthampton, Mass. Enterprise Printing Co., (c. 1908). 1st ed. Hardcover. frontis (portrait), 171p. Original blue cloth lettered in gilt on backsttip and front cover. 19 cm. Cover corners and ends of backstrip rubbed, A couple of spost and modest foxing (mostly on title-page, frontis and other outer leaves). No jacket (if it ever had one). White uses his five-page Foreword to detail mistreatment inflicted on his grandparents, parents and himself, and asks that his readers keep all of this mistreatment in mind if tempted to think his poems are sometimes "too radical or harsh." If one follows the events and chronology in these poems, White served with the 8th Illinois Regiment in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. He subsequently attends Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, apparently as an older student, where a few of his poems appear in student publications. Unfortunately, according to the poem titled "A Tale of a Youth of Brown," he discovers that youth there are educated "Not only in the paths of fame, But in base hatred, man for man." He leaves Exeter in 1905 and next attends Williston Seminary in Easthampton, Mass. where he "Found justice, freedom in her halls" and may have graduated in 1908, the year that this volume was published. We know nothing about Mr. White's later life. Very Good. Item #89341

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