Ida B. Wells

by Bailey, Diane, 1966-

Format: Print Book 2019
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Jeter Publishing presents a brand-new series that celebrates men and women who altered the course of history but may not be as well-known as their counterparts.

Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist and activist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s.

On one fateful train ride from Memphis to Nashville, in May 1884, Wells reached a personal turning point. Having bought a first-class train ticket, she was outraged when the train crew ordered her to move to the car for African Americans. She refused and was forcibly removed from the train--but not before she bit one of the men on the hand. Wells sued the railroad, winning a $500 settlement. However, the decision was later overturned by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

This injustice led Ida B. Wells to pick up a pen to write about issues of race and politics in the South. Using the moniker "Iola," a number of her articles were published in black newspapers and periodicals. Wells eventually became an owner of the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight , and, later, of the Free Speech .

She even took on the subject of lynching, and in 1898, Wells brought her anti-lynching campaign to the White House, leading a protest in Washington, DC, and calling for President William McKinley to make reforms.

Ida B. Wells never backed down in the fight for justice.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ida B. Wells comes alive in this well-crafted biography. Those who already know her as an ardent fighter for civil rights will also get to know her as a sister, business woman, journalist, wife, and mother. As she hits the high points of Wells' life, Bailey weaves in social issues, discrimination, the state of education in African American communities, and for Wells, the most searing events she experienced: lynchings. Her dedication to eradicating this shocking practice takes up much of the book, including her surprising differences with Booker T. Washington over his lackluster responses to lynchings. This squabble is also showcased as part of the push-and-pull around civil rights in the African American community as well as in the larger world. Throughout, Wells comes across as a woman who, though small in stature, was a giant in pushing forth her agenda, even in dangerous circumstances. While the cover illustration is not particularly inviting and there are no illustrations, historical engravings, or drawings to break up the text, the story speaks for itself.--Ilene Cooper Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Discovering history's heroes.
Subjects Wells-Barnett, Ida B., -- 1862-1931 -- Juvenile literature.
Wells-Barnett, Ida B., -- 1862-1931.
African American women civil rights workers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Civil rights workers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American women educators -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American women journalists -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Social conditions -- To 1964 -- Juvenile literature.
Lynching -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature.
African American women civil rights workers.
Civil rights workers.
African American women educators.
African American women journalists.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History.
African Americans -- Social conditions -- To 1964.
Lynching -- History.
African Americans -- Biography.
Women -- Biography.
United States -- Race relations -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- Race relations.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First Aladdin hardcover edition.
Language English
Notes "Fighter for justice." -- cover.
Description 142 pages ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [141]-142).
ISBN 9781534424852
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