Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching

Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching


Heralded as a landmark success upon booklet, Ida: A Sword between Lions is a sweeping narrative a few state and a crusader embroiled within the fight opposed to lynching—a perform that imperiled not just the lives of black women and men, but additionally a country in response to legislations and riven by means of race.

At the heart of the nationwide drama is Ida B. Wells (1862-1931). Born to slaves in Mississippi, Wells all started her activist profession via refusing to depart a firstclass women' vehicle on a Memphis railway and rose to guide the nation's first crusade opposed to lynching. For Wells, the most important to the increase in violence used to be embedded in attitudes not just approximately black males, but additionally approximately ladies and sexuality. Her self sustaining viewpoint and percussive character won her encomiums as a hero—as good as aspersions on her personality and threats of dying. Exiled from the South by means of 1892, Wells as a result took her crusade around the nation and in the course of the British Isles prior to she married and settled in Chicago. There she persevered her activism as a journalist, suffragist, and self sufficient candidate within the rough-and-tumble global of the Windy City's politics.

With meticulous learn and vibrant rendering of her topic, Giddings additionally offers compelling graphics of twentieth-century innovative luminaries, blacks and whites who labored with Wells in the course of the most tumultuous classes in American background. during this groundbreaking paintings, Paula J. Giddings brings to existence the irrepressible character of Ida B. Wells and provides the visionary reformer her due.

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