"Testimony," in Report of the Committee of the Senate upon the Relations Between Labor and Capital, and Testimony Taken by the Committee.

Washington, (DC): GPO, 1885. The first appearance in print of Mrs. Ward's "Testimony," Volume IV -- Testimony (this volume only) of the complete five volume set. 8vo. (2), 857 pp. The "testimony," taken in Birmingham, of Mrs. Margaret Ketcham Ward, first appears in this volume of the "Report of the Committee of the Senate Upon the Relations Between Labor and Capital, and Testimony Taken by the Committee. In Five Volumes, Vol. IV: Testimony," [Washington: GPO, 1885]. Mrs. Ward's responses to questions regarding treatment of slaves in the south prior to the Civil War, recollections of the war itself, and her opinions on reconstruction are given on pages 311-347 (and were produced in full as the main portion of two later reprints). Mrs. Ward was one of the pioneering citizens of Birmingham, Alabama, and was often referred to as "The Mother of Birmingham." Harwell In Tall Cotton 186 (for the 1965 reprint and quoting Margaret Mitchell): "If I had had that book, I am sure I would not have had to read hundreds of memoirs, letters, and diaries to get the background for 'Gone With The Wind' in accurately ... Mrs. Ward was a high spirited and charming person and her personality shines through the testimony." For his Catalogue 14, "In Tall Cotton," Stephen Rowe could find only a copy of the 1965 reprint (there was also a very rare 1936 reprint, produced in a quite limited edition). Wrapper cover title: "Labor and Capital: Investigation of Senate Committee on Education and Labor, 1885." Very good. Original printed wrappers (some wear at spine ends). (10121). Item #63613

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