By Mark Elliott
Civil warfare officer, Reconstruction "carpetbagger," best-selling novelist, and incessant champion of equivalent rights--Albion Tourgée battled his whole existence for racial justice. Now, during this enticing biography, Mark Elliott bargains an insightful portrait of a fearless legal professional, jurist, and author, who fought for equality lengthy after such a lot americans had deserted the beliefs of Reconstruction. Elliott presents a desirable account of Tourgée's existence, from his adolescence within the Western Reserve sector of Ohio (then a hotbed of abolitionism), to his years as a North Carolina pass judgement on in the course of Reconstruction, to his memorable function as lead plaintiff's suggestions within the landmark excellent courtroom case Plessy v. Ferguson. Tourgée's short coined the word that justice could be "color-blind," and his profession was once one lengthy crusade to make reliable on that trust. A redoubtable attorney and an entire jurist, Tourgée's writings signify a mountain of dissent opposed to the present tide of racial oppression. A poignant and encouraging research in braveness and conviction, Color-Blind Justice bargains us an unforgettable portrayal of Albion Tourgée and the foundations to which he devoted his lifestyles.
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Now that the theory itself seemed universally repudiated, and the conservative account of Reconstruction universally vindicated, it seemed safe to indulge in some long-overdue praise for his other worthy accomplishments. For Northerners, Tourgée’s career was a bad memory. ”22 Tourgée seemed to personify history, or at least a particular historical memory. In his absence, the Eagle seemed to say, the nation would no longer be called on to remember its past failures or the embarrassing ideals of Reconstruction.
Emboldened by the success of The Leopard’s Spots, Thomas Dixon had just published The Clansmen—a sequel that would surpass the original in notoriety. This novel painted the era of Reconstruction in even starker shades of good and evil, incorporating such national ﬁgures as Abraham Lincoln, Charles Sumner, and Thaddeus Stevens (as “Austin Stoneman”) into its plot. W. Grifﬁth. 16 Both on the stage and the silver screen, Dixon’s historical message would live on for decades, reaching a wider and more diverse public than he could have ever imagined or hoped for when he sat down to write his ﬁrst novel.
Why has every man a conscience, then? . I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. —Henry David Thoreau, “Resistance to Civil Government,” 1849 Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist . . nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. —Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance,” 1841 hen Frederick Douglass died in February of 1895, the people of Boston called for a memorial service to honor him. Proud of its abolitionist heritage, Boston’s city council chose to hold a ceremony for the great black abolitionist at Faneuil Hall, once the favored site for rallies in the heyday of the movement.