Announcing publication of T. Thomas Fortune’s “After War Times: An African American Childhood in Reconstruction-Era Florida”

coverThose interested in Florida history, and African American history should enjoy T. Thomas Fortune’s memoir “After War Times,” available in a single volume released earlier this month by the University of Alabama Press. The introduction is by Prof. Dawn Herd-Clark of Fort Valley State University with an afterword by Prof. Tameka Bradley Hobbs of Florida Memorial University. I edited and annotated the memoir and added a brief editor’s note. The book is available through Univ. of Alabama Press directly at or at amazon:  T. Thomas Fortune was born into slavery and lived his first dozen years in Jackson County, Florida. His family fled Reconstruction violence and found refuge in Jacksonville.  Fortune spent his teenage years shuttling between Jacksonville and Tallahassee until he arrived in Washington DC to enter Howard University.  After War Times describes in striking detail the revolutionary political and racial changes of the first decade after Emancipation. The memoir ends when Fortune, still in his early 20s, moves to New York where he launches a career as a journalist, newspaper editor, and activist. He was later lauded as the dean of African American journalists. This memoir and accompanying essays are particularly appropriate for high school and college students.

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