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False Theory of Education Cause of Race Demoralization

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/9780813032320.003.0017
False Theory of Education Cause of Race Demoralization

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This chapter presents the July 1904 essay, “False Theory of Education Cause of Race Demoralization,” where Fortune called attention to the fact that there were educated men who “have been saturated with the notion that their paramount mission in life is to lift up the race.” This, according to Fortune, created a race of leaders rather than a group of faithful followers “to execute the wise policies of capable men.” In the end, Fortune concluded that this sort of education has paralyzed “the thought and action of the race.”

Keywords: race pride; African Americans; education; leaders; education

Chapter.  4050 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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