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Albion Tourgee's Analysis of Perceptions of African Americans in the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras

This exhibit will describe the interpretation of Albion Tourgee, an author and carpetbagger who previously served as a solider in the Union army but relocated to Greensboro NC, on the depictions of African Americans throughout the Civil War and Reconstruction. Specifically, Tourgee's fiction writing will be analyzed to determine how the White perceptions of African Americans involved very distinct ideas about their incapability to hold rights, inherent inferiority and how many viewpoints were based on validation from Christianity. Some background on Tourgee will be provided as well in order to fully understand how he came to the beliefs which influenced both his writing and political work.


Rachel Huffman