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

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Social Science - 832 pages
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Pulitzer Prize Board citation to Ida B. Wells, as an early pioneer of investigative journalism and civil rights icon

From a thinker who Maya Angelou has praised for shining “a brilliant light on the lives of women left in the shadow of history,” comes the definitive biography of Ida B. Wells—crusading journalist and pioneer in the fight for women’s suffrage and against segregation and lynchings

Ida B. Wells was born into slavery and raised in the Victorian age yet emerged—through her fierce political battles and progressive thinking—as the first “modern” black women in the nation’s history.

Wells began her activist career when she tried to segregate a first-class railway car in Memphis. After being thrown bodily off the car, she wrote about the incident for black Baptist newspapers, thus beginning her career as a journalist. But her most abiding fight would be the one against lynching, a crime in which she saw all the themes she held most dear coalesce: sexuality, race, and the law.


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IDA: A SWORD AMONG LIONS: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching

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Massive biography of an important yet little-known figure in American civil-rights history.Giddings (In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement, 1988 ... Read full review

Ida: a sword among lions: Ida B. Wells and the campaign against lynching

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Giddings (Afro-American studies, Smith Coll.; When and Where I Enter) has written a massive study of this noted black activist's lifelong crusade against lynching. Prodigious research took Giddings to ... Read full review


Chapter One Holly Springs
Chapter Two The New City and the Ladies Car
Chapter Three A Breath of Life A Winter of Discontent
Chapter Four Love and Trouble
Chapter Seven Exodus
Chapter Eight The Truth About Lynching
Chapter Nine The Loveliest Lynchee Was Our Lord
Chapter Eleven St Joan and Old Man Eloquent
Chapter Twelve Exile No More
Chapter Seventeen Chicago and the Wizard
Chapter TwentyThree Known Race Agitator
Chapter TwentyFour Prisoners of War

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Paula J. Giddings is the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor in Afro-American Studies at Smith College and the author of When and Where I Enter and In Search of Sisterhood.

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