The Breath of Agitation Is Life

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 Breath of Agitation Is Life

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This chapter presents the article “The Breath of Agitation Is Life” for the AME Church Review, where Fortune reflected on the work of race organizations and the value of agitation. He believed that the “breath of agitation is life” and that it should be advocated, but at the same time he believed that those who were not directly involved in agitation should not be criticized. In this he believed that the work of Booker T. Washington and the National Negro Business League were important and should not be dismissed. The most important issue to Fortune was “race unity.”

Keywords: race organizations; agitation; African Americans; race unity; Booker T. Washington; National Negro Business League

Chapter.  3846 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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