A Fool's Errand: A Novel of the South During Reconstruction

A Fool's Errand: A Novel of the South During Reconstruction

by Albion Winegar Tourgee


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Subtitled "A Novel of the South During Reconstruction," this 1879 bestseller, by a participant in that great social experiment, is the barely fictionalized account of the career of a Northern lawyer in North Carolina after the Civil War.

A champion of the poor and landless of any race, and a keen observer of the dilemmas facing uneducated Negroes in the postwar period, Tourgée offers us an important eyewitness account of one of the most tumultuous eras of American history, one that continues to influence the course of the American experiences of race and class to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616402334
Publisher: Cosimo
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.06(d)

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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