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

Author: Paula Giddings
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Amistad, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Heralded as a landmark achievement upon publication, Ida: A Sword Among Lions is a sweeping narrative about a country and a crusader embroiled in the struggle against lynching-a practice that imperiled not only the lives of black men and women, but also a nation based on law and riven by race. At the center of the national drama is Ida B. Wells (1862-1931). Born to slaves in Mississippi, Wells began her activist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Ida B Wells-Barnett; Ida B Wells-Barnett; Ida B Wells-Barnet
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paula Giddings
ISBN: 9780060797362 0060797363
OCLC Number: 963662687
Description: xiv, 800 pages [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Holly Springs --
The new city and the ladies' car --
A breath of life, a winter of discontent --
Love and trouble --
A race in my arms --
City of the three murdered men --
Exodus --
"The truth about lynching" --
The loveliest lynchee was our Lord --
Light from a human torch --
St. Joan and Old Man Eloquent --
Exile no more --
"Let us confer together" --
Undivided duty --
Mobocracy in America --
Bull in the china shop --
Chicago and the wizard --
Calls --
Smoldering bridges --
The ladies' band --
The Alpha Suffrage Club --
Unsafe for democracy --
Known race agitator --
Prisoners of war --
Unfriendly takeovers --
The price of liberty.
Other Titles: Sword among lions
Ida B. Wells and the campaign against lynching
Responsibility: Paula J. Giddings.

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Heralded as a landmark achievement upon publication, Ida: A Sword Among Lions is a sweeping narrative about a country and a crusader embroiled in the struggle against lynching-a practice that imperiled not only the lives of black men and women, but also a nation based on law and riven by race. At the center of the national drama is Ida B. Wells (1862-1931). Born to slaves in Mississippi, Wells began her activist career by refusing to leave a first-class ladies' car on a Memphis railway and rose to lead the nation's first campaign against lynching. For Wells, the key to the rise in violence was embedded in attitudes not only about black men, but also about women and sexuality. Her independent perspective and percussive personality gained her encomiums as a hero-as well as aspersions on her character and threats of death. Exiled from the South by 1892, Wells subsequently took her campaign across the country and throughout the British Isles before she married and settled in Chicago. There she continued her activism as a journalist, suffragist, and independent candidate in the rough-and-tumble world of the Windy City's politics. With meticulous research and vivid rendering of her subject, Giddings also provides compelling portraits of twentieth-century progressive luminaries, blacks and whites who worked with Wells during some of the most tumultuous periods in American history. In this groundbreaking work, Paula J. Giddings brings to life the irrepressible personality of Ida B. Wells and gives the visionary reformer her due.

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