A Fool's Errand: A Novel of the South During Reconstruction
By Albion W. 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.
ALBION W. TOURGEE (1838–1905) was an American abolitionist and lawyer who also wrote "Figs and Thistles" (1879).