Chapter

Between Two Fires

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/9780813032320.003.0004
Between Two Fires

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This chapter presents the editorial “Between Two Fires,” where Fortune continued his assault on the Supreme Court decision in the Civil Rights Cases and his assertion that it was time for the African American community to demand that the Republican Party reform itself if it sought to continue to receive the black vote. Moreover, the piece demonstrates the harsh editorial pen of the twenty-seven-year-old Fortune as he attacked the “Republican” who wrote a letter to the Evening Post blaming the African American community for their situation, as well as his strong words against General Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes, the latter of whom he referred to as “a rating, vainglorious; nerveless (wo)man.”

Keywords: editorials; civil rights; Supreme Court; African American community; Republican Party

Chapter.  2691 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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