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Bricks Without Straw: A Novel

Tourgée, Albion W.

Editore: Duke University Press Books
ISBN 10: 0822343959 / ISBN 13: 9780822343950
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Titolo: Bricks Without Straw: A Novel

Casa editrice: Duke University Press Books

Legatura: Hardcover

Condizione libro: Good


0822343959 Crisp, clean, unread and unmarked hardcover with light shelfwear to the boards (no dust jacket), remainder mark to one edge - NICE!. Codice inventario libreria Z0822343959Z3

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Riassunto: A classic of American political fiction first published in 1880, a mere three years after Reconstruction officially ended, Bricks Without Straw offers an inside view of the struggle to create a just society in the post-slavery South. It is unique among the white-authored literary works of its time in presenting Reconstruction through the eyes of emancipated slaves. As a leading Radical Republican, the author, Albion W. Tourgée, played a key role in drafting a democratized Constitution for North Carolina after the Civil War, and he served as a state superior court judge during Reconstruction. Tourgée worked closely with African Americans and poor whites in the struggle to transform North Carolina?s racial and class politics. He saw the ravages of the Ku Klux Klan firsthand, worked to bring the perpetrators of Klan atrocities to justice, and fought against what he called the ?counter-revolution? that destroyed Reconstruction.

Bricks Without Straw is Tourgée?s fictionalized account of how Reconstruction was sabotaged. It is a chilling picture of violence against African Americans condoned, civil rights abrogated, constitutional amendments subverted, and electoral fraud institutionalized. Its plot revolves around a group of North Carolina freedpeople who strive to build new lives for themselves by buying land, marketing their own crops, setting up a church and school, and voting for politicians sympathetic to their interests, until Klan terrorism and the ascendancy of a white supremacist government reduce them to neo-slavery. This edition of Bricks Without Straw is enhanced by Carolyn L. Karcher?s introduction, which sets the novel in historical context and provides an overview of Albion W. Tourgée?s career, a chronology of the significant events of both the Reconstruction era and Tourgée?s life, and explanatory notes identifying actual events fictionalized in the novel.

Dal retro di copertina: "Albion W. Tourgée's novel is a classic, a great read with some extraordinary insights into the Reconstruction era and post-Civil War American race relations. The centrality of blacks in the story makes it nearly unique in the literature of the period."-- Ira Berlin, author of Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America

"A new edition of Bricks Without Straw is a major event in the ongoing task of reconstructing the literature of Reconstruction. The lawyer/novelist Albion W. Tourgée was a tireless advocate of African American rights who criticized both North and South for the failures of Reconstruction. In her superb introduction, Carolyn L. Karcher makes a compelling case that Bricks, with its dramatic rendition of the forces undermining freedmen's efforts to secure economic and political independence, is Tourgée's best work of fiction."--Brook Thomas, author of Civic Myths: A Law-and-Literature Approach to Citizenship

"A new edition of Albion Tourgée's neglected masterpiece on Reconstruction is long overdue. As Carolyn L. Karcher makes clear in her thorough and incisive introduction, Bricks Without Straw deserves to be ranked with Twain's Huckleberry Finn and Chesnutt's Marrow of Tradition as one of the most important postbellum American novels to deal with race and African American history."--Mark Elliott, author of Color-Blind Justice: Albion Tourgée and the Quest for Racial Equality

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