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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 Nationalization of Africa

The Nationalization of Africa

(p.271) 35 The Nationalization of Africa
T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Shawn Leigh Alexander

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents an address delivered by Fortune before the Congress on Africa, held under the auspices of the Stewart Missionary Foundation for Africa of Gammon Theological Seminary, December 13–15, 1895. The general purpose of the conference was to promote interest among African Americans for missionary work in Africa. In his address Fortune expressed greater support for African American missionary work than he had done in his critique of Bishop Turner and his emigrationist plans in 1892. At the same time, he was critical of economical exploitation of the continent by European powers and warned that something needed to be done to prevent the spread of Europe's control, but Fortune also expressed a belief that colonization would provide some benefits for Africa. Finally, Fortune applied some of his “absorption” philosophy expressed in his 1893 articles in the Los Angeles Times and New York Herald and later in his “Race Absorption” article to the continent of Africa.

Keywords:   Congress on Africa, African Americans, missionary work, speeches, economic exploitation, European colonization

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