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T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American AgitatorA Collection of Writings, 1880-1928$
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Shawn Leigh Alexander

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032320

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032320.001.0001

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The Color Line

The Color Line

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(p.212) 24 The Color Line
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T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator
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Shawn Leigh Alexander

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032320.003.0024

This chapter presents the editorial, “ The Color Line,” where the young Fortune responded forcefully to the New York Sun's critical comments about the way in which the African American community separated themselves from the white community or drew the color line. In his response, Fortune demonstrated his call for racial unity and race consciousness. He called on the community to continue to draw the line and be proud of their black skin. They were acting out of their own interest, he explained, similar to the Irish and German immigrants. Moreover, he argued, the color line in the South and increasingly in the North was drawn by the white community, not the black.

Keywords:   African American community, editorials, white community, racial unity, race consciousness, color line

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