Hartford, CT: American Publishing Co., 1876. Hardcover. Sm 8vo (7.6 in, 19.3 cm). vi, 7-168 pp.; frontis., 8 pl., 5 port.
First edition inscribed association copy: Author A. B. Meacham (1826-1882) befriended and admired Native Americans; thus, was repeatedly tasked to move various Native American tribes from their valuable lands onto reservations. He reluctantly accepted these tasks to save Native American lives and avert war. Meacham was a lifelong "pro-Indian" reformer and famous orator who decried their oppression and advocated peace. Impassioned by his cause, he published books and The Council Fire periodical. "[This book] is written with the avowed purpose of doing honor to the heroic Wi-ne-ma, who at the peril of her life sought to save the ill-fated Peace Commission to the Modoc Indians in 1873; the woman to whom the writer is indebted, under God, for his escape from death." - preface.
OCLC. Bland, Life of Alfred B. Meacham. HU Journal, Volume 10 Issue 1. Brick-red publisher's cloth with blind-stamped borders, decoration, and gilt title. Red speckled edges. Frontispiece, eight plates, and five portraits. Inscribed in ink by the author on front free endpaper, "Remembering / the hospitality of my / friend Rev. S. M. Newman / A.B. Meacham / Taunton, Mass / Dec 11th 1876." Meacham's friend, Stephen Morrell Newman (1845-1924), was an author sympathetic to the Native American cause. A member of noted scholarly societies, Newman became professor of church history at Howard University, professor of mathematics and biology at Ripon College, president of Eastern College, pastor in Taunton, MA, pastor in Ripon, WI, pastor in Washington, D.C., and president of Howard University. Founded in 1867, Howard University admitted students regardless of skin color or gender. Extremities rubbed, few flecks do not interfere with text. Well-preserved, tight, and clean first edition association copy warmly inscribed by the author. Very good+. Item #1136
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