Only Known Copy Spreading Joy, Uplift History of African Americans in Los Angeles, 1937

FOWLER, John. Spreading Joy. Los Angeles: [California Eagle?] 1937. 

4to (230 x 306 mm). Profusely illustrated. (Some toning.) Original publisher's wrappers (spine broken and repaired with tape, light creases, some chips to edges). 

FIRST EDITION of a collection of articles focusing on the history of the African American community in Los Angeles, originally published under the same title in The California Eagle, The California News, and other periodicals. Charlotta A. Bass, the founder and editor of the Eagle notes in the Foreword, "So thoroughly has the sentiment expressed in 'Spreading Joy', permeated the thinking of the people of this community that its author, John Fowler, has been asked to put it in book form...and well on its way to the book shelves of every California Negro family. I recommend 'Spreading Joy' as the 1937 mental remedy for dispelling gloom." The plate titled Belles of the Gay Nineties (facing p.12) is included in the Miriam Matthews Photograph Collection at UCLA. The full publication, however, was not located in any collections or online auction records. ONLY KNOWN COPY. 


Spine has been reinforced with tape, some toning. 

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