464 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 9 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2795-3
Published: May 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2796-0
Published: February 2016
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About the Author
Carolyn L. Karcher is the author of The First Woman in the Republic: A Cultural Biography of Lydia Maria Child and the editor of Tourgee's novel Bricks Without Straw.
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“Competent scholarship based on original research. Highly recommended for both subject specialists and all readers interested in the biracial fight for equality long before the modern civil rights movement.”--Library Journal, starred review
"Urges historians not to dismiss Jim-Crow era white progressives like Tourgée as paternalists who fell short of 'present-day standards of political correctness.'"--News & Observer
“The author offers good, well-documented insights. Highly recommended.”--CHOICE
"This is a remarkable book that promises to be the definitive study of Albion W. Tourgée’s civil rights activism in the final decades of his life. Carolyn L. Karcher tells Tourgée’s story as no one before her has, illuminating the complexity of his relationship with black activists and leaders. She takes us to the front lines of the doomed struggle against racism and Jim Crow in the 1890s and provides a new perspective on it."--Mark Elliott, author of Color-Blind Justice: Albion Tourgée and the Quest for Racial Equality from the Civil War to Plessy V. Ferguson
"In this rich study, Carolyn L. Karcher brings to the fore the overlooked voices of African Americans working to resist the onset of Jim Crow in the late nineteenth century, while revealing Albion W. Tourgée’s role as a vital ally to African Americans during the rise in white supremacy in America."--Brook Thomas, author of The Literature Of Reconstruction: Not In Plain Black And White
"A Refugee from His Race unfolds the meaning of Albion Tourgée before and beyond his role in Plessy v. Ferguson. With painstaking attention to abundant nineteenth-century sources, Carolyn L. Karcher brilliantly laces together Tourgée’s cross-racial work and cultural activism with that of his African American compatriots--Charles Chesnutt, T. Thomas Fortune, Ida B. Wells, and more--to provide a compelling, evenhanded, and overarching panorama of social justice in the 1890s. Focusing on the white Tourgée’s empathy, advocacy, and writings as a way of accessing often-contentious civic alliances and blurred societal transformations during a volatile period in U.S. race relations, Karcher presents a brave model of visionary political stances that speaks directly to ongoing racial challenges and inequities today." --Thadious M. Davis, author of Southscapes: Geographies of Race, Region, and Literature