Albion Tourgee

Tourgée, Albion Winegar

Albion Winegar Tourgée (tŏŏrzhā´), 1838–1905, American author and lawyer, b. Williamsfield, Ohio, studied at the Univ. of Rochester. After serving in the Union army he was for a few years a carpetbagger lawyer and political judge in North Carolina. Of his several novels, the best known are A Fool's Errand (1879) and Figs and Thistles (1879). They are valuable for their picture of the politics of the Reconstruction period.

See biography by O. H. Olsen (1965).

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Color-Blind Justice: Albion Tourgaee and the Quest for Racial Equality from the Civil War to Plessy v. Ferguson
Mark Elliott.
Oxford University Press, 2006
Albion Tourgee: Remembering Plessy's Lawyer on the 100th Anniversary of Plessy V. Ferguson
Curtis, Michael K.
Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 13, No. 2, Summer 1996
Who Owns the Whip?: Chesnutt, Tourgee, and Reconstruction Justice
Hardwig, Bill.
African American Review, Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring 2002
American Naturalistic and Realistic Novelists: A Biographical Dictionary
E. C. Applegate.
Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Albion W. Tourgee (1838-1905)" begins on p. 377
The Southern Poor-White from Lubberland to Tobacco Road
Shields McIlwaine.
University of Oklahoma Press, 1939
Librarian’s tip: "Post-War Northern Report on the Poor-White: Albion W. Tourgee and John W. Deforest" begins on p. 87
The Social Gospel in Black and White: American Racial Reform, 1885-1912
Ralph E. Luker.
University of North Carolina Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Albion Tourgee begins on p. 75
The Past as Liberation from History
Scott P. Culclasure.
Peter Lang, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Albion Tourgee begins on p. 107
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