On View
Segregation Gallery
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
Edited by
Locke, Alain LeRoy, American, 1885 - 1954
Illustrated by
Reiss, F. Winold, German American, 1886 - 1953
Published by
Albert and Charles Boni, Inc., American, 1914 - 1974
cloth on cardboard , paper with ink
H x W x D: 8 7/8 x 6 1/4 x 1 5/8 in. (22.5 x 15.9 x 4.1 cm)
A dark green hard covered book with cloth covered spine. The front cover has a central white square with block text and three (3) triangles on either side of the first two (2) rows. The text inside the block, in black type, reads: [THE / NEW / NEGRO]. The spine has dark green triangles along the top and bottom. The title and editor are listed on the top half of the spine in black type: [THE / NEW / NEGRO / EDITED / BY / ALAIN / LOCKE]. The publisher is listed on the bottom spine in black type: [ALBERT / AND / CHARLES / BONI]. The inside covers are covered in pink paper, and are stylized with geometric shapes, figures, birds, animals, and foliage. The inside front cover has an inscription at the top of the right side writing by hand in ink: [Sam (or George) / From David. / Your need is greater than mine!]. The title page features the title, author, artist, publisher, and publication date in black type: [THE NEW NEGRO / AN INTERPRETATION / EDITED BY ALAIN LOCKE / BOOK / DECORATION / AND / PORTRAITS / BY / WINOLD / REISS / ALBERT AND CHARLES BONI / NEW YORK 1925]. Geometric triangles adorn the page at the top and bottom as well as in the center of the title. The frontispiece to the left of the title page features a color image of a woman and child. The woman wears a blue shirt and holds a baby in her proper left arm. The child wears a pink outfit and lies across the woman’s lap. The caption underneath the image in black type reads: [The Brown Madonna]. The interior pages, 452 in total, are white paper with black type and black-and-white and color illustrations throughout. The inside back cover has a stamp in black ink on the lower right that reads: [SMITHSONIAN / CURATORIAL]. The back cover features a small, central white rectangle with a stylized, geometric design.
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Harlem Renaissance (New Negro Movement)
hardcover books
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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