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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 Virtue of Agitation

The Virtue of Agitation

(p.115) 11 The Virtue of Agitation
T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Shawn Leigh Alexander

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents the editorial, “The Virtue of Agitation,” written in August 1883, where Fortune called upon the race to demonstrate that they were willing to fight for their rights. It is important to note that the editorial was written a few months before the Supreme Court ruled the Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional and before the riot in Danville, Virginia. These two watershed events signaled the “revolution gone backward” that Fortune discussed after the 1876 election of Rutherford B. Hayes.

Keywords:   Danville, race, civil rights, African Americans, Civil Rights Act

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