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Defining the StruggleNational Racial Justice Organizing, 1880-1915$
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Susan D. Carle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945740

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945740.001.0001

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The Legal and Political Vision of T. Thomas Fortune, Founder of the Afro-American League, 1880–1890

The Legal and Political Vision of T. Thomas Fortune, Founder of the Afro-American League, 1880–1890

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(p.31) 2 The Legal and Political Vision of T. Thomas Fortune, Founder of the Afro-American League, 1880–1890
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Defining the Struggle
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Susan D. Carle

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945740.003.0003

This chapter examines the sources of T. Thomas Fortune's vision for founding a long-term national organization to lead the struggle for racial justice on a wide range of fronts. It looks at the legal principles Fortune learned from the jurisprudence of John Mercer Langston, founding dean of Howard Law School, which Fortune attended. It explores Fortune's political ideology, which was motivated by the principles of democratic socialism, and analyzes his many journalistic commentaries on civil rights matters topical at the time in order to trace the origins of Fortune's ideas for the National Afro-American League's founding issue platform.

Keywords:   T. Thomas Fortune political thought, John Mercer Langston jurisprudence, late nineteenth-century jurisprudence, civil versus social rights, history of African American journalism, democratic socialism and civil rights activism, legal training for civil rights activism

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