Reflections And Last Words
Tourgee’s self-imposed exile as a diplomat abroad did not change his views on the state of race relations in America, but nor did it alter his perceptions that the best hope for human rights and freedoms lay with a truly republican government rather than any form of monarchy.
We can look back in history, over the last one hundred and twenty or so years and ask ourselves: Were Bruce and Tourgee right? Why does it take so long for racial prejudice to end? Will it ever end? Both men firmly believed that a national citizenry, well educated about the problems inherent in race prejudice would help strengthen the country’s national resolve, morale, and overall well-being. Over one hundred and twenty years have passed since these men expressed their views…are we any further along at this time?