First EditionRay Sprigle. In the Land of Jim Crow. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1949. First edition. Original red cloth covers. Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Ray Sprigle, backed by the NAACP, disguised himself as an African-American in order to expose the evils of segregation and racism in a 21-part nationally syndicated series of stories titled "I Was a Negro in the South for 30 Days." The series was collected for the first time in this text, In the Land of Jim Crow. Introduced by an NAACP contact to "black doctors and undertakers, to sharecroppers, and to the families of lynching victims… what Sprigle was seeing made him ashamed to be an American" (Steigerwald,1-12). Sprigle writes bluntly of the "bloodstained tragedy" of Jim Crow, where "fear walks beside the black man" and "fear was the lesson that I learned first and the lesson that I learned best in my four-week lifetime as Negro in the South." Foreword by Margaret Halsey. Serialized in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the same year under the title, "I was a Negro in the South for 30 Days." First edition, with no statement of edition or printing on the copyright page. Tight binding. Overall Very Good with dust jacket in good condition, chipping along edges and a chip at the top of the front panel. Not in Blockson.