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

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

by Mark Elliott

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Civil War officer, Reconstruction "carpetbagger," best-selling novelist, and relentless champion of equal rights--Albion Tourgée 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, who fought for equality long after most Americans had abandoned the ideals of Reconstruction. Elliott provides a fascinating account of Tourgée'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 case Plessy v. Ferguson. Tourgée's brief coined the phrase that justice should be "color-blind," and his career was one long campaign to make good on that belief. A redoubtable lawyer and an accomplished jurist, Tourgée's writings represent a mountain of dissent against the prevailing tide of racial oppression. A poignant and inspiring study in courage and conviction, Color-Blind Justice offers us an unforgettable portrayal of Albion Tourgée and the principles to which he dedicated his life.

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ISBN-13: 9780199888085
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Mark Elliott is Associate Professor of History at Wagner College.

Table of Contents

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Introduction: Albion Tourg?e and Color-Blind Citizenship
Part I - The Color-Blind Crusade
1. Judge Tourg?e and the Radical Civil War
Part II - The Radical Advance
2. The Making of a Radical Individualist in Ohio's Western Reserve
3. Citizen-Soldier: Manhood and the meaning of Liberty
4. A Radical Yankee in the Reconstruction South
5. The Unfinished Revolution
Part III - The Counterrevolution
6. The Politics of Remembering Reconstruction
7. Radical Individualism in the Gilded Age
8. Beginning the Civil Rights Movement
9. The Rejection of Color-Blind Citizenship: Plessy v. Ferguson
10. The Fate of Color-Blind Citizenship

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