Chapter

Status of the Race

Shawn Leigh Alexander

in T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032320
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039084 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032320.003.0002
Status of the Race

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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

Chapter.  3956 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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