T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator: A Collection of Writings, 1880-1928

Edited by Shawn Leigh Alexander

Details: 342 pages    6 x 9
Cloth: $65.00   ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-3232-0   
Paper: $29.95   ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-3548-2   
Pubdate: 6/15/2008
Series: New Perspectives on the History of the South
Review(s): 3 available

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"Alexander's important documentary edition restores T. Thomas Fortune's central place in African American thought and activism during the age of Jim Crow. His well-executed edition is essential for all college, university, and public library collections.”--John David Smith, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

"Fortune is one of the most significant figures in American history, not just African American history. Alexander has created a reader that permits all of us to hear from one of the most remarkable and contemporary-sounding voices black America has produced."--James P. Danky, University of Wisconsin

Born into slavery, T. Thomas Fortune was known as the dean of African American journalism by the time of his death in the early twentieth century. The editorship of three prominent black newspapers--the New York Globe, New York Freeman, and New York Age--provided Fortune with a platform to speak against racism and injustice.

For nearly five decades his was one of the most powerful voices in the press. Contemporaries such as Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Booker T. Washington considered him an equal, if not a superior, in social and political thought. Today's histories often pass over his writings, in part because they are so voluminous and have rarely been reprinted. Shawn Leigh Alexander's anthology will go a long way toward rectifying that situation, demonstrating the breadth of Fortune's contribution to black political thought at a key period in American history.

Shawn Leigh Alexander is an assistant professor in the department of African and African American studies at the University of Kansas.

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