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Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2007 Issue

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Item 84 is a look at women's suffrage in America prior to the adoption of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the vote. General Constitutional and Statutory Provision Relative to Suffrage was published on behalf of the Rhode Island state legislature in 1912. At the time, there were no federal laws on the subject, so Rhode Island compiled this accounting of suffrage laws in the various states. The state had considered approving the vote for women in 1887, but this was voted down. In 1917, the state finally granted women the right to vote in presidential elections, a law made moot when the 19th Amendment was adopted in 1919, superseding all state laws. $150.

Item 98 is another look at state laws when the nation was on the cusp of change -- States' Laws on Race and Color and Appendices... This is a look at segregation and miscegenation laws as well as various antidiscrimination statutes, anti-lynch laws and the like, compiled by an organization within the Methodist Church. Its purpose was to promote civil rights. The work was published in 1950, four years before the Supreme Court ordered desegregation of schools, and a decade before the civil rights advances of the 1960s. $125.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.

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