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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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False Theory of Education Cause of Race Demoralization

False Theory of Education Cause of Race Demoralization

(p.171) 17 False Theory of Education Cause of Race Demoralization
T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Shawn Leigh Alexander

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents the July 1904 essay, “False Theory of Education Cause of Race Demoralization,” where Fortune called attention to the fact that there were educated men who “have been saturated with the notion that their paramount mission in life is to lift up the race.” This, according to Fortune, created a race of leaders rather than a group of faithful followers “to execute the wise policies of capable men.” In the end, Fortune concluded that this sort of education has paralyzed “the thought and action of the race.”

Keywords:   race pride, African Americans, education, leaders, education

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