Archive of almost 100 children's picture books featuring Black

Archive of almost 100 children's picture books featuring Black

Item #78654

(BLACK JUVENILES). Archive of almost 100 children's picture books featuring Black protagonists, published between the 1880s and the 1990s. Many of the illustrations are offensive, and even the best are condescending in the portrayal of Blacks. The characters, even when clearly meant to be shown as heroic, use dialect and often act in ways that appear to be almost simple-minded. Among the highlights are almost 30 versions of Little Black Sambo in the original version by Helen Bannerman, later retellings, and various reimaginings, including a modern retelling by the Civil Rights activist and scholar Julius Lester. There are also a number of versions of the counting song "Ten Little Niggers," all with offensive images. Much of this collection shows the changes in portraying Blacks for younger readers over times from the caricatures of Blacks as simple minded and greedy in the books from the 19th century to the noble savages. Starting in the 1940s, works such as Elizabeth Ritter's Parasols Is for Ladies and Kate Gambold Dyer's Turkey Trott attempt to show Blacks in more realistic manner, although continuing to have the Black characters speak in dialect. Then there are book like Anne Braune's Honey Chile about the adventures of a golden-haired girl visiting relations on their plantation in Alabama who has a merry time with the Blacks who work on the plantation. The Pickaninny Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins was published as part of her long series of books set in different culture. There are books in French, German, and Dutch, as well as several Golliwog books from England. Over and over Blacks are mocked and marginalized by the authors and illustrators of these works, implanting racist tropes in the minds of their young readers. Together they form a strong example of changes in attitude. 1. ANDERSON, Bernice G. Topsy Turvy and the Easter Bunny. Original pictorial boards. Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, [1939]. Later printing. Illustrated. Worn, some crayon, else very good. 2. ANDERSON, Bernice G. Topsy Turvy and the Tin Clown. Illustrated by Esther Friend. Original pictorial boards. Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, [1934]. Later printing. Very good. 3. ANDERSON, Bernice G. Topsy Turvy's Pigtails. Illustrated by Esther Friend. Original cloth, pictorial pastedown. Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, [1930]. First edition. Of.

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