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African-American pioneers in California, 2 classic historical studies  

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Two ground-breaking histories of African-American pioneers in California

• Sue Bailey Thurman. Pioneers of Negro Origin in California (San Francisco, 1952) Orig.pictorial wrappers, spiral-bound. Illustrated 70pp.
• Delilah Beasley. The Negro Trail Blazers of California (Los Angeles, 1952, reprint of the 1919 original edition) Buckram, somewhat soiled. 317pp. Illustrated. Foxing to endpapers. Bookplate of a New York African-American collector

The Beasley book is a comprehensive classic history, identifying forgotten African-Americans who played an important part in California history from the US “conquest” and Gold Rush through the Pan-Pacific Exposition and World War I. Thurman focused on several key figures and events, including the US Vice Consul in Spanish Monterey, the only Black member of the California Society of Pioneers, the first AME Church in San Francisco, the “father” of Black California education and the “mother” of California civil rights.

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