Zarephath, New Jersey: 1923.
Hard Cover. First Edition. A book of poetry by the first female bishop in the United States, and founder of the racist Methodist sect, the Pillar of Fire Church. Under Alma White’s direction in the 1920’s and 30’s, the Pillar of Fire Church formed a close, public bond with the KKK, with the aim to liberate white Protestant women while also oppressing religious and racial minorities, even regularly hosting cross burning ceremonies with the Klan on Pillar of Fire properties, and giving speeches at Klan events promoting white supremacy. The introduction to this volume is quite bizarre, as the author focuses on her husband’s conversion to the “unscriptural and Satanic,” “new cult” of the Pentecostals, and their subsequent estrangement. This long-form poem in rhyming iambic pentameter details their breakup in about 55 pages of text, with small text illustrations, plates reproducing hymns written by the author, and a section of reproduced correspondence between the two at the rear. Truly a messy breakup. Red cloth with gilt lettering. OCLC notes ten institutional holdings.
Very Good binding.