Struggles with the Klan; First Literary Efforts

Struggles With The Klan; First Literary Efforts

 

    The brutal, yea, ultra-brutal atrocities of this Sunny South-land will never be published, for they would read so like a romance no one so far away as you are, would give them credence… (Alfred O. Coffin to Tourgee, 1890)

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.


 

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Albion Tourgée was elected Judge Albion Tourgée was elected Judge

Albion Tourgée was elected Judge for the Superior Court, Seventh Judicial ... read more

Newspaper stories tell of post civil war anger Newspaper stories tell of post civil war anger

Many people in the southern states were bitter after the civil war, and thi ... read more

Rewritten Southern State Constitutions treat legislators as untrustworthy, require oversight Rewritten Southern State Constitutions treat legislators as untrustworthy, ...

In an essay of Judge Cecil J. Hill, member of the North Carolina Court of A ... read more

Major changes in southern courts of law, not for the better Major changes in southern courts of law, not for the better

Following this thought, Hill’s essay argues that although the nature of t ... read more

Habeas Corpus suspended following murders in Caswell and Alamance Counties Habeas Corpus suspended following murders in Caswell and Alamance Counties

Events began to really escalate when Republican State Senator John W. Steph ... read more

The Kirk-Holden War The Kirk-Holden War

The Kirk-Holden War was actually an event in which the terror tactics of th ... read more

The Klu Klux Klan committed many atrocities during this time The Klu Klux Klan committed many atrocities during this time

Information about atrocities committed by the Klan during this time are fou ... read more

Tourgee drafts article on The Ku Klux War in North Carolina Tourgee drafts article on The Ku Klux War in North Carolina

There are two versions of Tourgée’s draft article titled, “The Ku Klux ... read more

Origins of the Klu Klux Klan Origins of the Klu Klux Klan

The lengthy essay begins with a description of the origins of the Klan in N ... read more

Tourgée hears 63 cases on KKK violence Tourgée hears 63 cases on KKK violence

Tourgée’s essay continues that in his own jurisdiction, he had, up to th ... read more

KKK violence concerns everyone of every political party affiliation KKK violence concerns everyone of every political party affiliation

The violent acts of KKK members concerns everyone, not just Democrats read more

KKK assembles in large numbers, Governor unable to control situation KKK assembles in large numbers, Governor unable to control situation

The KKK would assemble in large numbers, making it difficult for the Govern ... read more

Tourgée’s KKK article not published in entirety, but corroborated by other accounts Tourgée’s KKK article not published in entirety, but corroborated by oth ...

Even though it appears from the records that Tourgée’s article, “The K ... read more

House Of Representatives and Senate begin to address KKK problem House Of Representatives and Senate begin to address KKK problem

Tourgée must have been part of a network of individuals at local, state an ... read more

Despite actions by congress, no major actions taken to stop KKK violence Despite actions by congress, no major actions taken to stop KKK violence

Despite minor actions taken by some members of congress, no major actions w ... read more

Habeas corpus reinstated seen as victory for KKK Habeas corpus reinstated seen as victory for KKK

While Tourgée was attempting to rouse Northern attention to the volatile c ... read more

Tourgee witnessed so much that accomplished so little Tourgee witnessed so much that accomplished so little

Despite the passage of the 14th and 15th Amendments, despite the Congressio ... read more

Tourgee publishes first novel 'Toinette', a story about a young African American girl Tourgee publishes first novel 'Toinette', a story about a young African Ame ...

A few years earlier, in 1874, Tourgée had actually published his first nov ... read more

'Toinette, A Novel, is released to many favorable reviews 'Toinette, A Novel, is released to many favorable reviews

When ‘Toinette, A Novel was released, it had many favorable reviews read more

Tourgée received many personal congratulatory letters with each book he published Tourgée received many personal congratulatory letters with each book he pu ...

Tourgée received many personal congratulatory letters from both friends an ... read more

Tourgée’s next published novel, A Fool's Errand, sells over 200,000 copies Tourgée’s next published novel, A Fool's Errand, sells over 200,000 copi ...

Tourgée’s next published novel, A Fool’s Errand by One of the Fools, r ... read more

A Fool's Errand is a rough autobiographical of Tourgee's life in North Carolina A Fool's Errand is a rough autobiographical of Tourgee's life in North Caro ...

A Fool’s Errand is a roughly autobiographical account of Tourgée himself ... read more

A Fool’s Errand overwhelming success, inspiring many follow-up books and a stageplay A Fool’s Errand overwhelming success, inspiring many follow-up books and ...

Tourgée published A Fool’s Errand anonymously, but soon after acknowledg ... read more

Tourgee's next novel, 'Bricks Without Straw' published in 1880 Tourgee's next novel, 'Bricks Without Straw' published in 1880

Though A Fool’s Errand remains his best known and bestselling novel of th ... read more

The story focused on an African American community that is terrorized by white supremacists The story focused on an African American community that is terrorized by wh ...

The story centers on a community of freedmen called Red Wing, and how they ... read more

Tourgee launches his own literary journal 'Our Continent' Tourgee launches his own literary journal 'Our Continent'

In addition to his writing novels and journal articles for publication, Tou ... read more

Hot Plowshares published in serial form Hot Plowshares published in serial form

Hot Plowshares published in serial form in Our Continent in 1882-83 read more

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