Savannah: The Thunderbolt, . Reprint. Perfect-bound wrappers (5” x 7 ¼”), 337 pp, illustrated. Some sunning to wrapper edges, a little grubbiness, cheap paper browning, VG. This edition found in nine OCLC institutions and uncommon in commerce.
J. B. Stoner and Edward Fields were the first to reprint this notoriously racist “classic” under their Thunderbolt reprint. In his introduction, Stoner maintains that the events that have transpired since the book’s original publication - in the form of Black revolution and a race war - “demonstrates that the negro is a beast and not created in the image of God.” He goes on to criticize the Jews for their role in trying to mongrelize the white race, and encourages readers to follow Wesley Swift’s Identity theology.
Carroll’s book was first published in 1900 by the St. Louis-based American Book and Bible House and circulated widely, especially in the South. Its depiction of blacks as mentally and physically inferior, and therefore subservient to whites, bolstered the ideology of white supremacy that many Americans still held. The book’s illustrations, reproduced here, are particularly troublesome, portraying blacks as wooly-headed, thick-lipped children. Carroll’s pseudo-science and Biblical interpretations argued that blacks were not sons of Adam, but were an entirely separate species not made in the image of God. Copies of the first edition or the Thunderbolt reprint are exceedingly scarce, especially in collectible condition. Item #07148