Fool's Errand

ISBN-10: 0674307518
ISBN-13: 9780674307513
Edition: 1961
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List price: $33.50
Copyright year: 1961
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1961
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 436
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

What was a carpetbagger? Albion W. Tourg_e was called one, and he wrote, "To the southern mind it meant a scion of the North, a son of an ls"abolitionist,rs" a creature of the conqueror, a witness to their defeat, a mark of their degradation: to them he was hateful, because he recalled all of evil or of shame they had ever known ... To the Northern mind, however, the word had no vicarious significance. To their apprehension, the hatred was purely personal, and without regard to race or nativity. They thought (foolish creatures!) that it was meant to apply solely to those, who, without any visible means of support, lingering in the wake of a victorious army, preyed upon the conquered people."Tourg_ers"s novel, originally published in 1879 anonymously as A Foolrs"s Errand, By One of the Fools, is not strictly autobiographical, though it draws on Tourg_ers"s own experiences in the South. In the story Comfort Servosse, a Northerner of French ancestry, moves to a Southern state for his health and in the hope of making his fortune. These were also Tourg_ers"s motives for moving South. Servosse is caught up in a variety of experiences that make apparent the deep misunderstanding between North and South, and expresses opinions on the Southrs"s intolerance, the treatment of the Negro, Reconstruction, and other issues that probably are the opinions of Tourg_e himself. "Reconstruction was a failure," he said, "so far as it attempted to unify the nation, to make one people in fact of what had been one only in name before the convulsion of Civil War. It was a failure, too, so far as it attempted to fix and secure the position and rights of the colored race."Though the discussion of sectional and racial problems is an important element in the book, A Foolrs"s Errand has merit as a dramatic narrative-with its love affair, and its moments of pathos, suffering, and tragedy. This combination of tract and melodrama made it a bestseller in its day. Total sales have been estimated as 200,000, a remarkable record in the l880rs"s for a book of this kind.Though Tourg_e later disavowed his early optimism about the role national education could play in remedying the race problem in the South, calling this a "genuine fools notion," he might have been less pessimistic had he been alive in 1960, when the student sit-in movement began in the South. At any rate, today in what has been called the second phase of the modern revolution in race relations in this country, Tourg_ers"s novel about the first phase has an added relevance and interest for thinking American readers.Albion W. Tourg_e was born in Williamsfield, Ohio, in 1838, attended the University of Rochester, and saw intermittent action (1861-1863) in the Union Army during the Civil Way. After his discharge he studied law and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1864, and when the war ended, he settled in Greens- here, North Carolina, where he soon rose to prominence, as judge and as outspoken opponent of the anti-Reconstructionists. He left the state in 1879. Among his published works are rs"Toinette (1874), Figs and Thistles (1879), Bricks Without Straw (1880), John Eax (1882), and Hot Plowshares (1883). He died in 1903 while serving as American consul in Bordeaux.

A native of Oklahoma and the son of an attorney who practiced before the U.S. Supreme Court, John Hope Franklin has had a distinguished career as teacher, scholar, and historian of the African American experience in the United States. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Fisk University who took his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1941, Franklin has taught or been visiting lecturer at a dozen institutions in the United States and abroad and holds honorary degrees from a great many more. After serving as professor and department chair at Brooklyn College and the University of Chicago, he assumed simultaneously two positions at Duke University - James B. Duke Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Legal History in the Law School. He has been president of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, and the American Studies Association. He also is a founding member of the Black Academy of Arts and has served on the U.S. Commission for UNESCO and the Committee on International Exchange of Scholars. Franklin's scholarly contributions are many. His comprehensive history From Slavery to Freedom (1947) is in its sixth edition and is generally acknowledged to be the basic survey of African American history. His other writings, which also have been well received, explore various aspects of America's racial and regional history, all with balance, sensitivity, and integrity.

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Letter To The Publishers
The Genesis of Folly
Le Premier Acces
Sorrow Cometh With Knowledge
From Bad to Worse
The Oracle Is Consulted
All Lost but Honor
An Old "Unioner"
"Their Exits and Their Entrances"
The New Kingdom
Poor Tray
A Cat in a Strange Garret
Compelled to Volunteer
A Two-Handed Game
Murder Most Foul
"Who Is My Neighbor?"
The Edge of Hospitality Dulled
The Second Mile Post
Congratulation and Condolence
Citizens in Embryo
Out of Due Season
How the Wise Men Builded
Cock-Crow
The Diets Cast
"Wisdom Crieth in the Streets"
A Grumbler's Forecast
Balakandbalaam
An New Institution
A Bundle of Dry Sticks
Footing Up the Ledger
A Thrice-Told Tale
The Folly of Wisdom
"Out of the Abundance of the Heart"
"Love Me, Love My Dog"
The Harvest Of Wisdom
An Awakening
A Race Against Time
The "Reb" View of It
"And All the World was in a Sea"
"Light Shineth in Darkness"
Pro Bono Publico
"Peace in Warsaw"
A Friendly Mediation
Unconditional Surrender
Pride Overmatching Pride
Wisdom and Folly Meet Together
Home at Last
Monumentum

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