New York: Fords, Howard, & Hulbert, 1884. Original publisher's cloth [extremities lightly rubbed], title stamped in gilt on front cover and spine. Inner hinges cracked. Errata slip tipped in before page . iv,  - 310pp. Endpapers with publisher advertisements. Inscribed on flyleaf, "Compliments of the author," with a clipped signature of Alexander Crummell enigmatically laid down. Good+
Fortune (1856-1928) was a prominent black journalist, publisher of the New York Age, and editor of Booker T. Washington's first autobiography. His book predicts that issues of economic class will trump those of race. Conflict between labor and capital, not between the races, would dominate the Nation. He argues, "When the issue is properly joined the rich, be they black or be they white, will be found on the same side; and the poor, be they black or be they white, will be found on the same side. Necessity knows no law and discriminates in favor of no man or race."
Born in slavery and raised in Florida, Fortune migrated north. "The condition of black people in the southern United States became his primary concern, and the press was his weapon to change those conditions. By 1887, he had established himself as the most prominent black journalist of the time. In 1889, after the 'The New York Freeman' became the 'New York Age', it emerged as one of the most influential black newspapers in the nation. Fortune remained editor of the 'Age' until 1907.
"During these two decades, the crusading journalist also gained fame as an activist who was uncompromising in his defense of the rights of African Americans. In 1887, he organized the National Afro-American League to secure the defense of the black community against lynching, riots, and other terrorist violence. Organized at the state and local level, these branches of the League served as a model for later civil rights organizations such as the Niagara Movement, founded in 1905, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), established in 1909" [online blackpast.org website].
LCP 3755; Blockson 2291. Work 390. Item #37493