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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 Breath of Agitation Is Life

The Breath of Agitation Is Life

(p.184) 19 The Breath of Agitation Is Life
T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Shawn Leigh Alexander

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents the article “The Breath of Agitation Is Life” for the AME Church Review, where Fortune reflected on the work of race organizations and the value of agitation. He believed that the “breath of agitation is life” and that it should be advocated, but at the same time he believed that those who were not directly involved in agitation should not be criticized. In this he believed that the work of Booker T. Washington and the National Negro Business League were important and should not be dismissed. The most important issue to Fortune was “race unity.”

Keywords:   race organizations, agitation, African Americans, race unity, Booker T. Washington, National Negro Business League

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