The afterword suggests the implications of this book for future scholarship on civil rights movements. Tourgée’s neglect--despite his close collaboration with African American leaders in founding the National Citizens’ Rights Association, campaigning against lynching, and mounting a legal challenge to Jim Crow in the Plessy case--illustrates the tendency of scholars to write interracial alliances out of the history of civil rights advocacy. Yet study of Tourgée’s career and of his voluminous correspondence with the African Americans whose letters he preserved invites an alternative approach that entails reconceptualising the struggle for equality as an alliance between African Americans and the progressive whites who joined them in fighting against racism—an approach more conducive to coalition-building today.
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