As one reads modern books analyzing Reconstruction by historians such as Alan Guelzo, Eric Foner, and Brooks Simpson, the name of one other author often pops up: Albion Tourgée. His novel, A Fool's Errand, is mentioned as having a unique point of view due to having been published in 1879, during actual Reconstruction. Albion Tourgée has some pretty impeccable credentials to back up his effort, although the book was initially published anonymously. Nevertheless, it was an immediate hit nationwide, selling over 200,000 copies.
"A Fool's Errand. By One of the Fools: A Novel of the South During Reconstruction,"
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