Ten Little Nigger Boys Black Americana Rare Book African Negro Child Us Antique For Sale
WE DO NOT AGREE WITH THE RACIST MATERIAL IN THIS BOOK
NOR IS IT OUR INTENTION TO OFFEND ANYONE.
THIS SALE IS FOR HISTORICAL PRESERVATION ONLY.
This sale is for an originalca. 19511ST EDITION! of "TEN LITTLE NIGGER BOYS" printed in England by Birn Brothers LTD.
THIS BOOK WILL SHOCK YOU!!!
JUST LOOK HOW FAR WE'VE COME!!!
During Reconstruction in the 1860s, the proud Confederate states found themselves in a place of subordination. Forced to concede their free slave labor, the former citizens of the Confederacy refused to fold their ideology of the inferiority of the freed slaves. A "comic" song titled "Ten Little Niggers" circulated through the United States in Minstrel shows and children's nursery rhyme books in keeping with this ideology."Ten Little Indians" was originally the title of a comic song written in the 1860's by Philadelphia songwriter Septimus Winner. The song made its way to England where another songwriter, named Frank Green, adapted it for use in a Victorian minstrel show giving it new lyrics. In each stanza of the lyrics, one of the boys disappears through a different cause: "One choked his little self and then there were nine. One overslept himself and then there were eight. One said he'd stay there and then there were seven. One chopped himself in halves and then there were six." and so on.
Ten Little Niggers surfaced in two distinct genres: minstrel shows and children’s nursery rhymes. While the words usually remained the same in both genres, the audience varied greatly in age. The audience of the minstrel shows was typically white adult Americans indulging in the popular form of mainstream entertainment and, especially during this time, entertainment weighed heavily in the transmission of racial conditioning. While periodicals in Great Britain, for example, advertised the song as a comic song, the stereotypes created and spread through the largely popular genre of the minstrel show were anything but comic and in fact furthered the dehumanization of the recently freed black population.
The appearance of the ballad in children’s nursery rhyme books represents the early racist indoctrination of children. When performed as a minstrel song, Ten Little Niggers serves as entertainment; when used as a nursery rhyme, Ten Little Niggers operates as education. Ten Little Niggers not only taught a child to count down from ten, it also presented the racial construction of the black population as ‘niggers’ with equal importance. Caricatures accompanied the reprinting of the song in the nursery rhyme books. The pictures varied from edition to edition, but all were grossly exaggerated cartoons of black males.
In summary, although the late nineteenth century is often referred to as the Golden Age of children's literature and it witnessed a profusion of books designed specifically for a young audience, such as Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, it represented only a portion of the literate youth in America.African - American children, in particular, would have found few depictions of themselves, and, of these, even fewer would have presented characters whom black children could respect and emulate, such as this one. This book speaks volumes about the race relations in the United States during the Jim Crow era. Although we are not quite there yet, just look how far we've come since then.
Despite the controversy this story content has spawned over the past century, the ILLUSTRATIONS of the beautiful children that accompany the text are precious.As the years progressed, the tone of the typical stereotyped"Picaninny" character became less exaggerated as evidenced in this quaint soft cover volume. It is like a linen textbook type material.Publishedca. 1951, this rare antiquarian book is inGOOD CONDITION! for its age and especially to bearound62 YEARS OLD!!! Although the pages are unpaginated, this volume hasALL PAGES PRESENT!!! The most notable flaws are: as provided in thepictures below, the covers has some edge wear soiling.Overall, the interior is neat and clean with slight blemishing in the gutter area and edges. On the bottom ofboth covers,a 2 inch area below the second staple is split which is common for something of this age. The two original staples keep the binding in place. The last page is the only one that is not securely included in the staple. It could have beenenforced with archival tape, however, we wish to leave it in its functioning original state. It measures7 1/2" x9 3/4" and is complete with all12 pages, to include both covers. This is anEXTREMELY RARE!!!book being offered with . Otherinternational book selling sites offer this book in the low hundreds. GET YOURS WHILE YOU CAN!!! GOOD LUCK!!! offerding starts low so offer NOW!!! for a great deal and you might WIN!!!
Please see our other books too!On Apr-24-13 at 21:10:50 PDT, seller added the following information:
This item has been shown 0 times.