Color Blind Justice: Albion Tourgee and the Quest for Racial Equality from the Civil War to Plessy V. Ferguson

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Oxford University Press, 2008 - 388 sider
Civil War officer, Reconstruction "carpetbagger," best-selling novelist, and relentless champion of equal rights, Albion Tourgee battled his entire life for racial justice. Now, in this engaging biography, Mark Elliott offers an insightful portrait of a fearless lawyer, jurist, and writer, whofought for equality long after most Americans had abandoned the ideals of Reconstruction.Elliott provides a fascinating account of Tourgee's life, from his childhood in the Western Reserve region of Ohio (then a hotbed of abolitionism), to his years as a North Carolina judge during Reconstruction, to his memorable role as lead plaintiff's counsel in the landmark Supreme Court casePlessy v. Ferguson . Tourgee's brief coined the phrase that justice should be "color-blind," and his career was one long campaign to made good on that belief. A redoubtable lawyer and an accomplished jurist, Tourgee wrote fifteen political novels, eight books of historical and social criticism, andseveral hundred newspaper and magazine articles that all told represent a mountain of dissent against the prevailing tide of racial oppression.Through the lens of Tourgee's life, Elliott illuminates the war of ideas about race that raged through the United States in the nineteenth century, from the heated debate over slavery before the Civil War, through the conflict over aid to freedmen during Reconstruction, to the backlash toward theend of the century, when Tourgee saw his country retreat from the goals of equality and freedom and utterly repudiate the work of Reconstruction.
 

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Albion Tourgée and ColorBlind Citizenship
1
The ColorBlind Crusade
15
The Radical Advance
41
The Counterrevolution
163
Acknowledgments
317
Abbreviations
321
Notes
323
Index
375
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Mark Elliott is Assistant Professor of History at Wagner College in New York City.

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