Our Continent Publishing Company
Volume 1, number 1
A handful of white men were instrumental in advancing the rights of Blacks in the Jim Crow era, and lawyer Albion W. Tourgée was among the most vocal. In 1882, his attempt to start a major literary magazine, Our Continent, met with financial disaster. He later became the lead attorney representing the plaintiff in the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson case, calling for a “color-blind” solution to overturn the Louisiana law that mandated segregated railroad trains.