Can you go to the US as a tourist - yes, Will the past cause any problems - likely.
Your early refused entry will be in the system and likely the CBP agent will see it on their screen when you are processed. You can expect a longer round of questions and probably secondary questioning (ie away from the initial counter). But assuming you didn't make a scene at your earlier refusal and the reason was as innocent as paperwork not being in place, then they may well let you visit. But really it is up to the agent processing you, no guarantees.