New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1902. Good+ binding. Item #6383
Octavo. xiv, 465 pp., frontis, plates. First edition. Publisher's red cloth with title vignette and border in white on the front cover and spine. The white stamping is a flaking at the spine and to lesser degree on the front cover; light wear to the binding including a bit of fraying at the spine ends and corners; binding is a bit loose; largely a clean copy with a couple of dog-eared pages and one leaf with the top corner torn away affecting the margin only, doesn't come near the text. In their summary of Dixon on the UNC-hosted site, Documenting the American South, Jennifer L. Larson and Mary Alice Kirkpatrick, describe Dixon's aim: "in part, to correct what he perceived as gross misrepresentations of the South in literary works, primarily in Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, which even fifty years after its publication was still widely read.... Dixon felt that her sympathetic portrayal of African Americans demanded revision. Insistent in making his criticism overt, Dixon takes the names of Stowe's characters for several of his own. Dixon's reworking of Stowe's title character, Tom, for example, makes him not a humble African American servant but a poor white Christian whose family is victimized by black men. Dixon takes the critique of slavery offered by Stowe and re-examines it from the perspective of the Reconstruction era South and argues that the primary threat to American values is racial equality." Fairly uncommon in the first edition, this turn of the century white supremacist novel is in presentable condition with all the plates present as called for.