The Secret City: A History of Race Relations in the Nation's Capital. Constance McLaughlin Green.

The Secret City: A History of Race Relations in the Nation's Capital

Very Good / Very Good. Item #10180

Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1957. First Edition. Octavo (22x15x3cm); xvi + 389pp, including bibliography and index. Two portfolios of B&W documentary photographs bound in, unpaginated, totaling 16pp with 38 images.

Photographic dustjacket. Volume in charcoal cloth with brown spine; title in gilt within black field. Dustjacket retains on its inward side the publisher's printed list of then-available Princeton paperbacks.

Unclipped jacket shows wear and normal color loss at edges and folds, visible in our photograph, with a closed tear at the center bottom edge of backside. Volume has the lightest of foxing at top textblock edge, and a few light spots of it in the header margins on a few pages.

Constance McLaughlin Green was groundbreaking for two reasons. First, she became a leading woman historian of urban American culture when a "lady historian" was still greeted with condescending smiles: the jacket flap to this remarkable volume refers to her as "Mrs. Green"—in 1967! Second, although white, she devoted her historical attention from the very first to the key role D.C.'s Black citizens played in its development. She had been named director of the Washington History Project in 1954, and this volume comes out of that. In 1963, she had won the Pulitzer for "Washington, Village and Capital: 1800–1878."

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