The View from Abroad

The View From Abroad

    Hundreds of colored people and some whites have written to me…wondering why they do not hear from me upon this question (race prejudice)…I dare not say to them that in my opinion caste-supremacy established and maintained by unlawful violence, is a far more dangerous condition than Slavery ordained and regulated by law…Whatever exists by law may be remedied by law; but that which exists in defiance of law rests upon a public sentiment which no law can control… (Tourgee to Johnson, 1902)

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. 


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Anti-Lynching Signed into Law by Pres. McKinley Anti-Lynching Signed into Law by Pres. McKinley

Although he had been a somewhat reluctant early supporter of anti-lynching ... read more

Tourgee becomes US Consul Tourgee becomes US Consul

Tourgée’s appointment as a U.S. Consul was confirmed and plans were unde ... read more

Tourgee’s appointment in France Tourgee’s appointment in France

Tourgée’s appointment was not for England, but for a post in Bordeaux, F ... read more

Tourgee with E.H. Johnson Tourgee with E.H. Johnson

The acknowledgement that it was not the institution of slavery alone perpet ... read more

Tourgee and E.H. Johnson continued Tourgee and E.H. Johnson continued

Letter from E. H. Johnson to Tourgee, discussing the book The Leopard's Spo ... read more

W. E. B. Du Bois and the W. E. B. Du Bois and the

At the turn of the century, W. E. B. Du Bois, a professor of sociology at A ... read more

The 'Big Stick Letter' The 'Big Stick Letter'

Tourgee explains his thoughts on The Monroe Doctrine. read more

Limited suffrage in the South taking hold of American political arena Limited suffrage in the South taking hold of American political arena

Johnson’s review notes how A Fool’s Errand portrays the Republican lead ... read more

Tourgée’s insightful review Tourgée’s insightful review

Tourgée’s lengthy response reads more like an insightful review of all t ... read more

Tillman denounces and challenges the Tillman denounces and challenges the

Tourgée suggests looking at a recent speech of Senator Benjamin Ryan Tillm ... read more

Tourgée's final word on Southern policy Tourgée's final word on Southern policy

In terms of Johnson’s statement of the “Southern policy” adopted by t ... read more

A contest of wills A contest of wills

Like Bruce before, Tillman used numerical contrasts to illustrate a contest ... read more

The Negro in North Carolina and the South The Negro in North Carolina and the South

Several years later, in 1920, the views held by Tillman and those like him ... read more

Inhumane treatment of blacks continues Inhumane treatment of blacks continues

Inhumane treatment of blacks continues, as times change, leadership changes ... read more

Roosevelt warns other nations not to interfere Roosevelt warns other nations not to interfere

When President Rooseveltaddressed Congress in December 1904, he referenced ... read more

The The

Tourgée was still as interested and apprehensive as ever about the future ... read more

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