The Afro-American

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 Afro-American

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This chapter presents the article “The Afro-American,” where Fortune explained his use of the term “Afro-American,” which, he explained, included anyone of African origin who was “not ashamed of his race,” over “Negro”, or “colored” as a designation for the race. The purpose of writing the article was to respond to a piece written by Senator John T. Morgan of Alabama in which he referred to the term “Afro-American” as a reference exclusively used for mulattoes. Fortune took the opportunity to correct the senator and also to address fully the issue of the mixing of the races, a problem that, Fortune explained, was on the hands of the southern white man. Fortune also addressed the issue of social privileges and civil rights.

Keywords: African Americans; race; Senator John T. Morgan; mulattoes; racial designation; racial mixing; social privileges; civil rights

Chapter.  2413 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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