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During one of the darkest periods of U.S. history, when white supremacy was entrenching itself throughout the nation, the white writer-jurist-activist Albion W. Tourgee (1838-1905) forged an extraordinary alliance with African Americans. Acclaimed by blacks as "one of the best friends of the Afro-American people this country has ever produced," and reviled by white Southerners as a race traitor, Tourgee offers an ideal lens through which to reexamine the often caricatured relations between progressive whites and African Americans. He collaborated closely with African Americans in founding an interracial civil rights organization eighteen years before the inception of the NAACP, in campaigning against lynching alongside Ida B. Wells and Cleveland Gazette editor Harry C. Smith, and in challenging the ideology of segregation as lead counsel for people of color in the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson case. Here, Carolyn L. Karcher provides the first in-depth account of this collaboration. Drawing on Tourgee's vast correspondence with African American intellectuals, activists, and ordinary folk; on African American newspapers; and on his newspaper column, "A Bystander's Notes," in which he quoted and replied to letters from his correspondents, the book also captures the lively dialogue about race that Tourgee and his contemporaries carried on.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Figures
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. 1. A Straight-Talking Advocate
  2. pp. 1-53
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  1. 2. Passing for Black in Pactolus Prime
  2. pp. 54-90
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  1. 3. The “Bystander”
  2. pp. 91-148
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  1. 4. The National Citizen’s Rights Association
  2. pp. 149-195
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  1. 5. Campaigning against Lynching with Ida B. Wells and Harry C. Smith
  2. pp. 196-252
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  1. 6. Representing People of Color and Challenging Jim Crow in the Plessy Case
  2. pp. 253-293
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  1. 7. The View from Abroad
  2. pp. 294-332
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 333-336
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 337-404
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 405-422
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 423-444
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469627977
Related ISBN
9781469627953
MARC Record
OCLC
939598165
Pages
464
Launched on MUSE
2016-02-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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