A Fool's Errand (Dodo Press)

A Fool's Errand (Dodo Press)

by Albion W. Tourgee


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Albion Winegar Tourgee (1838-1905), also wrote under the pseudonym Henry Churton, was an American soldier, Radical Republican, lawyer, judge, novelist, and diplomat. A pioneer civil rights activist, he founded the National Citizens' Rights Association and litigated for the plaintiff Homer Plessy in the famous segregation case Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, in April of the same year he enlisted in the 27th New York Infantry. In 1863, Tourgee was captured at the Battle of Stones River and was held for six months as a prisoner-of-war in Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, before his release and parole. After the war, Tourgee established himself as a lawyer, farmer, and editor in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he and his wife moved so he could live in a warmer climate better suited to his war injuries. In 1881, he moved to Mayville, New York, near the Chautauqua Institution, and made his living as writer and editor of the literary weekly Our Continent until it failed in 1884. His works include: 'Toinette (also titled: A Royal Gentleman) (1874), Figs and Thistles (1879) and Bricks Without Straw (1880).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409976929
Publisher: Dodo Press
Publication date: 06/12/2009
Pages: 418
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

John Hope Franklin was Professor of History and Chairman of the Department of History at the University of Chicago. He is the author of From Slavery to Freedom, A History of American Negroes (1947; 1956), The Militant South (1956), and Reconstruction after the Civil War (1961).

Table of Contents

  • “Albion Tourgée, Social Critic,” by John Hope Franklin

  • Letter To The Publishers

I. The Genesis of Folly
II. Le Premier Acces
III. Sorrow Cometh With Knowledge
IV. From Bad to Worse
V. The Oracle Is Consulted
VI. All Lost but Honor
VII. An Old “Unioner”
VIII. “Their Exits and Their Entrances”
IX. The New Kingdom
X. Poor Tray
XI. A Cat in a Strange Garret
XII. Compelled to Volunteer
XIII. A Two-Handed Game
XIV. Murder Most Foul
XV. “Who Is My Neighbor?”
XVI. The Edge of Hospitality Dulled
XVII. The Second Mile Post
XVIII. Congratulation and Condolence
XIX. Citizens in Embryo
XX. Out of Due Season
XXI. How the Wise Men Builded
XXII. Cock-Crow
XXIII. The Diets Cast
XXIV. “Wisdom Crieth in the Streets”
XXV. A Grumbler’s Forecast
XXVI. Balakandbalaam
XXVII.An New Institution
XXVIII. A Bundle of Dry Sticks
XXIX. Footing Up the Ledger
XXX. A Thrice-Told Tale
XXXI. The Folly of Wisdom
XXXII. “Out of the Abundance of the Heart”
XXXIII. “Love Me, Love My Dog”
XXXIV. The Harvest Of Wisdom
XXXV. An Awakening
XXXVI. A Race Against Time
XXXVII. The “Reb” View of It
XXXVIII. “And All the World was in a Sea”
XXXIX. “Light Shineth in Darkness”
XL. Pro Bono Publico
XLI. “Peace in Warsaw”
XLII. A Friendly Mediation
XLIII. Unconditional Surrender
XLIV. Pride Overmatching Pride
XLV. Wisdom and Folly Meet Together
XLVI. Home at Last
XLVII. Monumentum

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