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Ida B Wells

Born: 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi
Pen Name: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Ida Wells, Ida Wells-Barnett, Ida Bell Wells, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett

Connection to Illinois: Wells moved to Chicago in 1892 and lived there the rest of her life.

Biography: Ida 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.

  • Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2011

Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Crusade for justice :
ISBN: 0226893448 OCLC: 140965

University of Chicago Press, Chicago : [1970]

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was one of the foremost crusaders against black oppression. This engaging memoir tells of her private life as mother of a growing family as well as her public activities as teacher, lecturer, and journalist in her fight against attitudes and laws oppressing blacks.

Mob rule in New Orleans :
ISBN: 1846375916 OCLC: 85781868

Echo Library/Paperbackshop Ltd, Cirencester [England] : 2005.

Selected works of Ida B. Wells-Barnett
ISBN: 9780195062021 OCLC: 22004679

Oxford University Press, New York : 1991.

Southern horrors and other writings :
ISBN: 1319049044 OCLC: 930997497

Ida B. Wells was an African American woman who achieved national and international fame as a journalist, public speaker, and community activist at the turn of the twentieth century. In this new edition Jacqueline Jones Royster sheds light on the specific events, such as the yellow fever epidemic, that spurred Wells's progression towards activism. Wells's role as a public figure is further explored in the newly included excerpt from Wells's autobiography, Crusade for Justice, which focuses on a crucial moment in her campaign, her first British tour, when Wells gained leverage in pushing lynching to a higher level of attention nationally and internationally. As Wells's writings continue to play a key role in understanding both complex race relations and peace and justice as global concepts, Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases and A Red Record have been retained in the second edition. Features such as a chronology, questions for consideration, a bibliography, and an index are also included to aid students' understanding of the historical context and significance of Ida B. Wells's work.--Page 4 of cover.

Southern horrors and other writings :
ISBN: 0312116950 OCLC: 35712450

"This brief volume introduces readers to the prominent reformer and journalist Ida B. Wells and her late-nineteenth-century crusade to abolish lynching. Built around three crucial documents - Well's pamphlet Southern Horrors (1892), her essay A Red Record (1895), and her case study Mob Rule in New Orleans (1900) - the volume shows how Wells defined lynching for an international audience as an issue deserving public concern and action. The editor's introduction places lynching in its historical context and provides important background information on Well's life and career. Also included are illustrations, a chronology, questions for consideration, a bibliography, and an index."--Jacket.

The light of truth :
ISBN: 0143106821 OCLC: 871192202

"The broadest and most comprehensive collection of writings available by an early civil and women's rights pioneer . Seventy-one years before Rosa Parks's courageous act of resistance, police dragged a young Black journalist named Ida B. Wells off a train for refusing to give up her seat. The experience shaped Wells's career, and--when hate crimes touched her life personally--she mounted what was to become her life's work: an anti-lynching crusade that captured international attention. This volume covers the entire scope of Wells's remarkable career, collecting her early writings, articles exposing the horrors of lynching, essays from her travels abroad, and her later journalism. The Light of Truth is both an invaluable resource for study and a testament to Wells' long career as a civil rights activist"--

The Memphis diary of Ida B. Wells
ISBN: 0807070645 OCLC: 29953209

Beacon Press, Boston : ©1995.

The diaries of an African-American woman reveal black life 100 years ago.

The reason why the colored American is not in the World's Columbian Exposition :
ISBN: 0252067843 OCLC: 40043703

University of Illinois Press, Urbana : ©1999.

  The red record :
ISBN: 9781508472087 OCLC: 929987265