Lot 353 of 405:
The Negro Dialect 1865 by "Marcel"  

Click image to enlarge
Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$96
$150 - $250

"The Negro Dialect”, Pp. 744-745 of The Nation magazine, Vol. I, No. 24
“Marcel” (pseudonym of William Francis Allen)
December 14, 1865
The Negro Dialect”, Pp. 744-745 of The Nation magazine, Vol. I, No. 24. December 14, 1865. The first appearance in print of the term Negro “Spiritual” is sometimes attributed to an article in the June 1867 Atlantic magazine by Thomas Wentworth Higginson (see next entry). But it appeared, two years earlier, in this pseudonymous writing of classical scholar William Francis Allen. During the Civil War, Allen and his wife directed a school for newly-emancipated slaves on the Sea Islands of South Carolina. Allen later became Assistant Superintendent of Schools in post-war Charleston; during this time, he wrote several periodical “letters” reflecting on his wartime experiences. In this one, for the newly-published Nation, he recalled the “considerable attention” he had paid to the Sea Island dialect of Negro religious songs – “divided into hymns and shouts; or, as they class them themselves, sperituals [sic] and running sperituals”. Two years later, as a Professor of Ancient Languages at the University of Wisconsin, Allen co-edited the first book on American slave songs, but this 1865 article was his first publication of a term that would soon enter the English language.
Lot Amendments
Tape along length of the spine, other edges lightly worn; very good.
Item number:
Shipping info:
Terms and conditions


All accepted bids are contracts and are considered final and non withdrawable.


A buyer's premium of 20% will be applied to all purchases.


The person posting the bids online has to be the person who has registered for the auction.