Tourgee´ is best known, by ConLawProfs anyway, as the attorney for Homer Plessy in Plessy v. Ferguson. For years, I’ve used Peter Irons’ discussionof Tourgee´when teaching the background and litigation of Plessy, including Tourgee´s daring arguments asking the Justices to imagine themselves Black.
The Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill will be hosting what looks to be an exciting conference, “A Radical Notion of Democracy: Law, Race, and Albion Tourgée, 1865-1905,” that “recalls the legacies of Reconstruction to offer insight into ongoing policy debates.”
The one day Public Law and Humanities Symposium is Friday November 5 in Raleigh, NC. Registration and program details here.