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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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Who Will Own the Soil of the South in the Future

Who Will Own the Soil of the South in the Future

(p.3) 1 Who Will Own the Soil of the South in the Future
T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Shawn Leigh Alexander

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents the editorial “Who Will Own the Soil of the South in the Future,” published in both the Christian Recorder and the Globe. Here, Fortune set forth a position on landownership that he would further develop in Black and White. Heavily influenced by the ideas of Henry George and other agrarian radicals, Fortune believed that there needed to be a fundamental change in the ownership of land. In this editorial, he demonstrated his frustration with the monopoly of landownership and his belief that land was the common property of the people and should be available to those who cultivate the soil. Although he did not call for the complete abolition of private property in land, as he would in Black and White, one can see the germination of Fortune's idea more than a year before the publication of his larger study.

Keywords:   editorials, land ownership, private property, farm laborers, black laborers, monopoly, common property

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