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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 Quick and the Dead

The Quick and the Dead

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T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Shawn Leigh Alexander

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents the piece, “The Quick and the Dead,” where Fortune tried to cement his place in African American history. Written in response to George Forbes' article and the Review's own editorial on the passing of Booker T. Washington, Fortune asserted that he and not Washington was the successor of Frederick Douglass in the realm of race leadership. He separated the history of race leadership into three parts: 1841–1884, led by Douglass; 1884–1904, led by himself; and 1904–1915, led by Washington. In this piece Fortune also tried to separate himself from Washington's lack—at least in public—of political agitation. Fortune acknowledged his support for Washington and his policies, but he stated that he was never hindered in what he sought to pursue.

Keywords:   African American history, Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, race leadership, political agitation

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