Rochester, NY: Oxford Press, 1943. Second Edition. Original wraps. 6 1/8 X 9 Inches. 163 PP. Good / Good. Item #2789
An important history of the Negro in New York, but most important as a rare copy of any of Howard Cole's publications still available on the open market. Coles, the founder and editor of the Frederick Douglass Voice Newsletter for more than 60 years, was Rochester's first African-American radio announcer. While this copy of "The Cradle of Freedom" states that it is Volume One, the second volume (The Negro Family in Rochester) was never published. Coles was a prominent New York activist and served as the first local President of both the National Negro Congress and the National Association for the Advancement of colored People. Howard Coles also published the first survey of African-American housing in New York State (1939) and a city directory of Negro Business and Progress during the Great Depression in the Rochester, NY area.
Stated "Second Printing, March 1943" on the copyright page. Original plain brown paper wraps with green paper jacket. Original stab-binding. Hint of damp-staining and toning to edges and spine. A nice copy overall.