By Mark Elliott
Civil struggle officer, Reconstruction "carpetbagger," best-selling novelist, and incessant champion of equivalent rights--Albion Tourgée battled his complete lifestyles for racial justice. Now, during this attractive biography, Mark Elliott deals an insightful portrait of a fearless legal professional, jurist, and author, who fought for equality lengthy after so much american citizens had deserted the beliefs of Reconstruction. Elliott offers a desirable account of Tourgée's existence, from his youth within the Western Reserve quarter 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 position as lead plaintiff's information within the landmark ultimate courtroom case Plessy v. Ferguson. Tourgée's short coined the word that justice may be "color-blind," and his profession was once one lengthy crusade to make reliable on that trust. A redoubtable legal professional and an entire jurist, Tourgée's writings characterize 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 rules to which he committed his existence.
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The difference was merely that “the sympathy awakened by the one story all goes to the colored race, that aroused by the other story all *Originally a term of derision, the word mugwump was coined by stalwart Republicans to ridicule a group of patrician reformers who, in the 1880s, broke with the Republican Party because of their disgust with its corruption and machine politics. Most mugwumps were inclined toward laissez-faire economic policies in accordance with classical liberal thought and regarded Reconstruction as a mistake.
For a few “mystical years,” as Du Bois put it, this vision seemed to gain acceptance in the North as the inevitable outcome of emancipation and the only justice for the freedpeople. Bateman placed his allegorical Justice and Education at the heart of the Reconstruction program, and in the hands of radicals like Tourgée these remedies were truly revolutionary. Justice, for Tourgée, meant simply “equality before the law” and “no discrimination on account of race,” both of which were put forward by Radicals as the constitutional basis for Reconstruction.
We met occasionally as our paths crossed, here and there,” Tourgée said of Douglass. ”2 Tourgée was not chosen to eulogize Douglass because of his personal knowledge of the man. Rather, he was chosen because he had carried on the crusading spirit of the abolitionist movement more faithfully than any other white American. ”3 W 44 the radical advance Hoping to rekindle the spirit of the early abolitionist movement, Tourgée reminded his audience of the courage it took for antislavery speakers such as Douglass to face down hostile audiences and brave public scorn and ridicule.