Social Criticisms

Social Criticisms

    …I do not know of a single person – man or woman – who feels the need of every citizens’ being a voter as you do – unless it is my friend Mrs. Stanton… (Susan B. Anthony to Tourgee, 1893)

In addition to his attacks on the inequality between the races, Tourgee supported efforts to establish equal rights for women, address the labor unrest sweeping the country and, control the growth of monopolies. Tourgee was also not averse to challenging members of his own party on any number of issues.

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Tourgee continues publishing Tourgee continues publishing

In addition to his Reconstruction novels and related efforts to promote Afr ... read more

Grand Masters Secrets published Grand Masters Secrets published

In 1888 Tourgée also published Eighty Nine or the Grand Master’s Secret, ... read more

Allen Allensworth establishes town for coloreds Allen Allensworth establishes town for coloreds

Tourgee received a letter from Captain Allen Allensworth, Chaplain for the ... read more

Not everyone favored Tourgée’s writings Not everyone favored Tourgée’s writings

Not everyone looked favorably on Tourgée’s writings. Critics included hi ... read more

Tourgee writes A Man of Destiny Tourgee writes A Man of Destiny

A Man of Destiny, published in 1885, was actually the product of a series o ... read more

Tourgee urged to be more diplomatic in articles Tourgee urged to be more diplomatic in articles

Tourgee was chided for lacking tact and diplomacy in his political writings read more

Tourgee's popularity continued to grow Tourgee's popularity continued to grow

Nevertheless, Tourgée’s popularity as author and columnist continued to ... read more

1st Annual Mohonk Conference on the Negro 1st Annual Mohonk Conference on the Negro

Tourgée also received an invitation to speak at the First Annual Mohonk Co ... read more

Tourgee could not stop the oncoming polarization Tourgee could not stop the oncoming polarization

Since his earliest days in North Carolina at the State Constitution Convent ... read more

African Americans must take action on their own African Americans must take action on their own

The failure of the federal government to extend the same rights and protect ... read more

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