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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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Between Two Fires

Between Two Fires

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(p.18) 4 Between Two Fires
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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/9780813032320.003.0004

This chapter presents the editorial “Between Two Fires,” where Fortune continued his assault on the Supreme Court decision in the Civil Rights Cases and his assertion that it was time for the African American community to demand that the Republican Party reform itself if it sought to continue to receive the black vote. Moreover, the piece demonstrates the harsh editorial pen of the twenty-seven-year-old Fortune as he attacked the “Republican” who wrote a letter to the Evening Post blaming the African American community for their situation, as well as his strong words against General Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes, the latter of whom he referred to as “a rating, vainglorious; nerveless (wo)man.”

Keywords:   editorials, civil rights, Supreme Court, African American community, Republican Party

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