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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 Dispute between the “Radicals” and the “Accommodationists” within the Afro-American Council

The Dispute between the “Radicals” and the “Accommodationists” within the Afro-American Council

Reverdy Ransom and Booker T. Washington’s Contrasting Visions of Racial Justice, 1895–1902

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(p.73) 4 The Dispute between the “Radicals” and the “Accommodationists” within the Afro-American Council
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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/9780199945740.003.0005

The disputes that took place within the National Afro-American Council exposed deep ideological fissures among the organization's central figures. These fault lines are examined by contrasting the perspectives of Booker T. Washington, whose public persona emphasized accommodating white prejudice while working on economic advancement, with those of Reverdy C. Ransom, a social gospel minister of the African Methodist Episcopal church who was the earliest outspoken leader opposing Washington within the Afro-American Council. The chapter argues that the underlying rift between the accommodationist and the radical factions of the Afro-American Council was at bottom based on different underlying economic, rather than civil rights, views.

Keywords:   National Afro-American Council, civil rights accommodationism, Booker T. Washington, Reverdy C. Ransom, late nineteenth-century civil rights activism, civil rights radicalism, economic justice ideologies, African American social settlement activists

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