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To tell the truth freely : the life of Ida B. Wells
Mia Bay
Adult Nonfiction E185.97.W55 B39 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Bay (The White Image in the Black Mind) delineates journalist and antilynching crusader Ida B. Wells's life (1862-1931) and her passionate commitment "to a range of causes so extensive that they defy easy summary." When her parents died in 1878, 16-year-old Wells became the head of her family, caring for her five siblings. After a brief stint teaching, she found her two callings-political activism and, more powerfully, journalism, becoming by the late 1880s "one of the most prolific and well-known black female journalists of her day." In 1884, she sued the Chesapeake, Ohio and Southwestern Railroad over segregated cars; in 1889, she became part owner and editor of the Memphis Free Speech newspaper. In 1892, catalyzed by the lynching of three black businessmen, she devoted herself to "an anti-lynching campaign that would cost her the Memphis newspaper, threaten her life, and sever her ties to Memphis forever." Bay relies heavily on Wells's published writing, especially her posthumous autobiography, Crusade for Justice, supplemented by secondary sources, making this a useful book for students. The perilous edge that Wells traversed, however, is blunted; she led a life full of drama, but Bay's quotidian account is an utterly unexciting summary. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Wells (1862-1931) was a women's rights advocate, journalist, and public speaker who was active in the Women's Suffrage Movement. In this account, Bay (history, Rutgers Univ.) focuses on Wells's childhood in Mississippi, fight for justice, legal challenge to Jim Crow, and international crusade against lynching. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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