T. Thomas Fortune: “The Present Relations of Labor and Capital”


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As a speech, “The Present Relations of Labor and Capital” was given on April 20, 1886, to the Brooklyn Literary Union in Brooklyn, New York. This organization was originally founded by abolitionists as a youth self-help organization for African Americans. Established to promote literacy and spread knowledge, the group sought to be informed about the important literary and social issues of the day. Fortune printed his speech in his newspaper, the New York Freeman, on May 1, 1886. As...