The New Slavery (Signed copy)
Signed by Hoffman Nickerson, a study of modern slavery and Russian forced labour in particular
First US edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 21.5 × 14.5cm, 271pp.
Signed and dedicated to the ffep by Hoffman Nickerson, "To Lawrence from Hoffman, Oct 30, '47"
From the dustwrapper, "This is a complete dossier on slavery as it exists in the world today, with particular emphasis on forced labor in Soviet Russia. The author states that Russia's forced-labor system is nothing less than the latest resurgence of an ancient evil that man has been trying to get rid of for hundreds of years. Nickerson traces the history of slavery since pagan times, when it was universal. It was temporarily dissolved during the Middle Ages, then returned to Christendom with the use of Negroes as chattels. Scarcely has this been done away with in the nineteenth century when it was reinstated by the followers of Bismarck and Marx. The author also warns that the Western civilization is now reinfected with the initial stages of the slavery disease, with the advent of recent 'welfare' legislation and the consequent loss of personal responsibility."
The book itself is in very good condition with mild rubbing to the boards' edges. The dustwrapper has a water stain running up the spine and rear board and is rather chipped and rubbed but not price-clipped and now within a protective sleeve.