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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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Status of the Race

Status of the Race

(p.6) 2 Status of the Race
T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Shawn Leigh Alexander

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents Fortune's testimony before Senator Henry W. Blair's Committee on Education and Labor on September 17, 1883, about the facts and his opinions on the “status of the race.” In his testimony one can find many of the themes that he would develop further in Black and White, especially on education and the status of the African American laborer. Fortune, like a number of the other African American witnesses, took the opportunity to protest against discrimination in public facilities and other wrongs suffered by the black population in the South. Fortune, in particular, seized the opportunity to expose the wrongs of the growing convict lease program.

Keywords:   civil rights, race, African Americans laborers, racial discrimination, convict lease program, education

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