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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.
Rare primary-source documents reveal the gritty reality of Prohibition-era law enforcement and the dangers they faced.