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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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Mob Law in the South

Mob Law in the South

(p.158) 15 Mob Law in the South
T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Shawn Leigh Alexander

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents the essay, “Mob Law in the South,” written by Fortune for the Independent, appealing to the nation for assistance in ending the brutal acts of lynching. He extoled the actions of Ida B. Wells-Barnett and her internationalization of the issue—an act he supported early on as he and the Afro-American League held meetings to raise money for her travels. Fortune also employed Wells-Barnett when she fled the South after the 1893 lynching of her friends and the firestorm that her editorials started. In the end, Fortune, like Wells-Barnett, placed the blame for the continued lynchings squarely on the apathy and silence of the nation.

Keywords:   African Americans, lynching, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, apathy, essays

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