In this Book

buy this book Buy This Book in Print
summary
Originally published in 1965. The Supreme Court's momentous school desegregation decision of 1954 was a postmortem victory for Albion Tourgée. Just fifty-eight years earlier this once-famous carpetbagger's attack on segregation was crushed in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson. His legal defeat in 1896 typified his frustrated but prophetic career. Tourgée was an idealistic Union veteran who ventured south in 1865. As an advocate of civil rights, political equality, free schools, and penal reform, he was elected to North Carolina's Constitutional Convention of 1868. Olsen records both the fierce struggles and the impressive accomplishments that filled Tourgée's fourteen years in the South. With the collapse of the Southern experiment, Tourgée was inspired to turn to fiction to express his convictions. A Fool's Errand by One of the Fools and Bricks without Straw were classics of their day, providing absorbing accounts and defenses of radical Reconstruction. In 1879 Tourgée went north, where he renewed and extended his crusade for Negro equality by writing, lecturing, and lobbying. For many years he was the most militant and persistent advocate of racial equality in the nation. He was also a vigorous critic of the industrial age, demanding the utilization of federal power in behalf of equality, democracy, and economic justice.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. New Copyright
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Frontispiece
  2. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Half Title 1
  2. p. i
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Dedication
  2. p. v
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Introduction
  2. C. Vann Woodward
  3. pp. xi-xiv
  4. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Half Title 2
  2. p. xv
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. I. A Yankee Youth
  2. pp. 1-11
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. II. Liberty, Union, and War
  2. pp. 12-25
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. III. South to Emancipation
  2. pp. 26-37
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. IV. White Man’s Politics
  2. pp. 38-48
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. V. Entering the Vortex
  2. pp. 49-58
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. VI. For the Straitest Sect
  2. pp. 59-67
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. VII. A Maverick Republican
  2. pp. 68-78
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. VIII. Campaigning for Reconstruction—1867
  2. pp. 79-92
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. IX. The Reconstruction Convention of 1868
  2. pp. 93-115
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. X. Continued Triumph
  2. pp. 116-126
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. XI. A Code Commissioner
  2. pp. 127-142
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. XII. A Carpetbagger Judge and the Ku Klux Klan
  2. pp. 143-155
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. XIII. The Klan and Republican Collapse
  2. pp. 156-169
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. XIV. Portrait of a Carpetbagger
  2. pp. 170-182
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. XV. A Tale of Redemption
  2. pp. 183-194
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. XVI. Tourgée and the Settlement of 1875
  2. pp. 195-206
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. XVII. The Final Blows
  2. pp. 207-222
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. XVIII. A Fool’s Errand By One of the Fools
  2. pp. 223-241
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. XIX. “Let There Be Light”
  2. pp. 242-251
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. XX. The Continent Disaster
  2. pp. 252-264
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. XXI. Recovering at Thorheim
  2. pp. 265-280
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. XXII. The Bystander
  2. pp. 281-296
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. XXIII. Commitment Deferred
  2. pp. 297-311
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. XXIV. The National Citizens Rights Association
  2. pp. 312-331
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. XXV. Last Errands—The Basis and Bordeaux
  2. pp. 332-349
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 350-354
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. I. Bibliography of Tourgée’s Writings
  2. pp. 355-362
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. II. General Bibliography
  2. pp. 363-382
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Index
  2. pp. 383-395
  3. open access
    • View HTML View
    • Download PDF Download

Additional Information

ISBN
9781421430102
Related ISBN
9781421430959
MARC Record
OCLC
1131806048
Launched on MUSE
2019-12-20
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.