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By Carolyn L. Karcher

in the course of one of many darkest sessions of U.S. historical past, whilst white supremacy was once entrenching itself in the course of the country, the white writer-jurist-activist Albion W. Tourgee (1838-1905) solid a unprecedented alliance with African americans. Acclaimed by means of blacks as "one of the easiest neighbors of the Afro-American humans this state has ever produced" and reviled by means of white Southerners as a race traitor, Tourgee bargains an incredible lens wherein to reexamine the customarily caricatured kinfolk among revolutionary whites and African americans. He collaborated heavily with African americans in founding an interracial civil rights association eighteen years sooner than the inception of the NAACP, in campaigning opposed to lynching along Ida B. Wells and Cleveland Gazette editor Harry C. Smith, and in hard the ideology of segregation as lead assistance for individuals of colour within the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson case. the following, Carolyn L. Karcher presents the 1st in-depth account of this collaboration. Drawing on Tourgee's significant correspondence with African American intellectuals, activists, and traditional folks, on African American newspapers and on his newspaper column, "A Bystander's Notes," within which he quoted and responded to letters from his correspondents, the booklet additionally captures the full of life discussion approximately race that Tourgee and his contemporaries carried on.

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