Subtitled ""The Negro in the Americas"", this falls into the category of reference books in a brief but documentarily detailed account of the Negro and his social, economic and legal position from the days of the slave trade, the white man's purgatory. Stressed is the contrast between the Negro's activities, and advancement, in South American and North America. In Latin America manumission was encouraged and once freed the Negro was a free man, took an active part in the cultural as well as the industrial life. In North America, where manumission was opposed, it took a war to achieve freedom, and the Negro has still to acquire a moral personality as well as a legal status, the human recognition he deserves. With basic source material, this makes its contribution to the growing library of background study.