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Soldier, author, statesman, and a white champion of Negro rights in the South, Tourgee wrote many novels based on personal experiences.
The native Ohioan published the Greensboro (N.C.) Union Register during the Reconstruction period but often was threatened for his unpopular views and finally moved to New York State.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.