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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 Voteless Citizen

The Voteless Citizen

(p.103) 10 The Voteless Citizen
T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Shawn Leigh Alexander

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents the essay, “The Voteless Citizen,” where Fortune discussed the consequences of the disfranchisement of the African American population and called upon the community to fight for their right to vote and for all their rights “securely anchored in the Constitution.” According to the essay, the community needed to stop looking outside for assistance: “His reliance must mainly be upon himself.” To add substance to his argument, in the second section of the essay Fortune dissected the 1879 North American Review symposium “Ought the Negro to Be Disfranchised? Ought He to Have Been Enfranchised?”

Keywords:   disfranchisement, African Americans, civil rights, Constitution, North American Review symposium, right to vote

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