First Edition of Langston Hughes' Simple's Uncle Sam; From the library of Henry Lee Moon
Simple’s Uncle Sam.
Item Number: 46067
New York: Hill and Wang, 1965.
First edition of Hughes’ classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. From the library of Henry Lee Moon with his bookplate on the front free endpaper. Henry Lee Moon was an American journalist, author and civil rights activist. In 1948, Moon began working for the NAACP as their public relations director. Moon held the position until 1974. During his tenure at the NAACP, he promoted voting rights and encouraged the organization to work harder to elect politicians friendly to their cause. While at the NAACP, he also wrote the book Balance of Power and edited a collection of W. E. B. Du Bois’ writings. In 1988, the library at the NAACP’s headquarters in Baltimore was renamed in his memory. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. A nice association.
Langston Hughes is best known as a poet, but he was also a prolific writer of theater, autobiography, and fiction. None of his creations won the hearts and minds of his readers as did Jesse B. Semple, better known as "Simple." Simple speaks as an Everyman for African Americans in Uncle Sam's America. With great wit, he expounds on topics as varied as women, Gospel music, and sports heroes--but always keeps one foot planted in the realm of politics and race. In recent years, readers have been able to appreciate Simple's situational humor as well as his poignant questions about social injustice