The Quick and the Dead

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 Quick and the Dead

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This chapter presents the piece, “The Quick and the Dead,” where Fortune tried to cement his place in African American history. Written in response to George Forbes' article and the Review's own editorial on the passing of Booker T. Washington, Fortune asserted that he and not Washington was the successor of Frederick Douglass in the realm of race leadership. He separated the history of race leadership into three parts: 1841–1884, led by Douglass; 1884–1904, led by himself; and 1904–1915, led by Washington. In this piece Fortune also tried to separate himself from Washington's lack—at least in public—of political agitation. Fortune acknowledged his support for Washington and his policies, but he stated that he was never hindered in what he sought to pursue.

Keywords: African American history; Booker T. Washington; Frederick Douglass; race leadership; political agitation

Chapter.  3857 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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