Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells by Ida B. Wells-BarnettIda 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.
No student of black history should overlook Crusade for Justice.—William M. Tuttle, Jr., Journal of American History
Besides being the story of an incredibly courageous and outspoken black woman in the face of innumerable odds, the book is a valuable contribution to the social history of the United States and to the literature of the womens movement as well.—Elizabeth Kolmer, American Quarterly
[Wells was] a sophisticated fighter whose prose was as thorough as her intellect.—Walter Goodman, New York Times
An illuminating narrative of a zealous, race-conscious, civic- and church-minded black woman reformer, whose life story is a significant chapter in the history of Negro-White relations.—Thelma D. Perry, Negro History Bulletin
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Ida B. Wells-Barnett, known for much of her public career as Ida B. Wells, was an anti-lynching activist, a muckraking journalist , a lecturer, and a militant activist for racial justice. She lived from July 16, to March 25, Born into slavery, Wells-Barnett went to work as a teacher when she had to support her family after her parents died in an epidemic. She wrote on racial justice for Memphis newspapers as a reporter and newspaper owner.
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett July 16, — March 25, was an African-American investigative journalist, educator, and an early leader in the civil rights movement. At the age of 16, she lost both her parents and her infant brother in the yellow fever epidemic. She went to work and kept the rest of the family intact with the help of her grandmother. Wells moved with some of her siblings to Memphis, Tennessee , where she found better pay as a teacher. Soon she co-owned and wrote for the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight newspaper. Wells news reporting covered incidents of racial segregation and inequality. In the s, Wells documented lynching in the United States through her indictment called "Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in all its Phases," investigating frequent claims of whites that lynchings were reserved for black criminals only.
Ida Bell Wells, better known as Ida B. Wells, was an African American journalist, abolitionist and feminist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the s. She went on to found and become integral in groups striving for African American justice. The Wells family, as well as the rest of the slaves of the Confederate states, were decreed free by the Union thanks to the Emancipation Proclamation about six months after Ida's birth. Living in Mississippi as African Americans, they faced racial prejudices and were restricted by discriminatory rules and practices. Wells' parents were active in the Republican Party during Reconstruction. It was at Shaw University that Wells received her early schooling.