Individual Author Record
Name:Pen Name: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Ida Wells, Ida Wells-Barnett, Ida Bell Wells, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction Born: 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi Sites:
Illinois ConnectionWells moved to Chicago in 1892 and lived there the rest of her life.
Biographical and Professional InformationIda B. Wells was a journalist, newspaper editor and, with her husband, newspaper owner Ferdinand L. Barnett, an early leader in the civil rights movement. Her career began as a school teacher, and she was offered a position on the editorial staff of the Evening Star. Wells spent the last thirty years of her life in Chicago raising her family and working on urban reform to improve conditions for its rapidly growing African-American population. She established several civil rights organizations. She established several civil rights organizations. In 1896, she formed the National Association of Colored Women and is considered a founding member of the NAACP which formed after brutal assaults on the African-American community in Springfield, Illinois, in 1908. After her retirement, Wells started writing her autobiography, ''Crusade for Justice''. She never finished it; the book ends in the middle of a sentence, in the middle of a word. Wells died of kidney failure in Chicago on March 25, 1931, at the age of sixty-eight.
*'' Southern Horrors and Other Writings; The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1900'', Bedford, St. Martin's, 1996 *''A Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynchings in the United States, 1892-1893-1894'', 1895 *''Crusade for Justice The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells '', University of Chicago Press, 1970 - reprinted in 1991 *''Mob Rule in New Orleans'', 1900 - reprinted by Qontro Classic Books, 2010 *''Selected Works of Ida B. Wells-Barnett'', Oxford University Press, 1991 *''Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in all its Phases'', 1892 - reprinted by Loki's Publishing, 2014 *''The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader,'' Penguin Classics, 2014 *''The Memphis Diary of Ida B. Wells: An Intimate Portrait of the Activist as a Young Woman'', Beacon Press, 1995 *''The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the World's Columbian Exposition—the Afro-American’s Contribution to Columbian Literature'', 1893 - written with Frederick Douglass, I. Garland Pen