Early Years - How War Changed The People Of A Nation
Tourgee was a supporter of suffrage and equality of rights not only for African Americans, but also for women. Despite his skepticism for organized religion and official doctrines, Tourgee’s lifetime dedication to the ideals and principles of equal rights, human rights, and justice were greatly influenced by his early exposure and inclination to test the beliefs imbued in his Abolitionist upbringing.
There were many people like Tourgee who believed the “slave culture” was a mindset resulting from generations of unequal and unjust social relations between the races, existing in both North and South, in Republican and Democratic party circles alike.
Tourgee and other authors did indeed write about the particular conditions of violence in the South and the overall rising public tensions between the races, often from varying perspectives. Whether as a judge or as an author, Tourgee’s writings reflected his belief that the agent for change would come, not from any law or mandate or desire for change, but from the acts of the American people themselves – and only when they determine the necessity for change.