The Virtue of Agitation

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:
The Virtue of Agitation

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This chapter presents the editorial, “The Virtue of Agitation,” written in August 1883, where Fortune called upon the race to demonstrate that they were willing to fight for their rights. It is important to note that the editorial was written a few months before the Supreme Court ruled the Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional and before the riot in Danville, Virginia. These two watershed events signaled the “revolution gone backward” that Fortune discussed after the 1876 election of Rutherford B. Hayes.

Keywords: Danville; race; civil rights; African Americans; Civil Rights Act

Chapter.  1318 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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