Challenging the Established Order on Gender and Race

Challenging The Established Order On Gender And Race

    …We do not regard the right to vote as natural or inherent, but conventional merely – to be regulated in such a way as will best promote the welfare of the whole community. Upon this principle, women and minors have been excluded. Is there any reason why the negro should be advanced to a higher position?... (Minority report of the Committee on Suffrage and Eligibility to Office, North Carolina State Constitution Convention, 1868)

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.



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Enlisting in the Union Enlisting in the Union

The Confederacy of Southern States broke from the Union and took an aggress ... read more

Law study during war Law study during war

Tourgée returned home to Ohio to recuperate. read more

Tourgée and Emma married Tourgée and Emma married

When Tourgée came back home to Ohio, he and Emma were immediately married read more

The Wounded Soldier to His Bride The Wounded Soldier to His Bride

During his final enlistment, Tourgée wrote a poem called “The Wounded So ... read more

Effects of the Civil War on Tourgée’s writing Effects of the Civil War on Tourgée’s writing

Tourgée’s entire experience in the Union Army became the basis for one o ... read more

Tourgée placed under arrest Tourgée placed under arrest

Other interesting aspects of the diary entries include his arrest for “co ... read more

 Negro Regiment Negro Regiment

The experience of his arrest and trial induced Tourgée to write about cons ... read more

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