The Saddest Story Ever Told

The Saddest Story Ever Told

[Virginia: United Klans of America?], [197-?]. An 8 ½” x 11” mimeographed sheet featuring a poem that begins:

“When a white girl marries a Negro, her sun of life goes down, /
And glaring spots of sin appear on her white wedding gown.”
“We know a carnivorous bug has crept into her brain /
And gnawed away her self-respect, which has left her half insane.”

The poem continues in similarly dramatic fashion recounting the protagonist’s regret following the birth of her interracial child (“...now my baby’s mongrel face reminds of my shame”), her parents’ death following her marriage (“...crushed when I became a Negro’s common bride”), and her thoughts of suicide as the only solution to “racial suicide.” A volley of vitriolic verse intended to disgust other racially aware readers troubled by increasing interracial marriages.

Although the racialist troubadour remains unidentified, this poem was included in an introductory packet distributed to potential United Klans of America supporters in 1970s Virginia (specifically Richmond and the Tidewater region). Some faint toning to paper edges with one mark of soiling to bottom left margin. Scarce. Item #06292

Price: $150.00