Ida B. Wells : mother of the civil rights movement

by Fradin, Dennis B.

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 92W WELLS Fra
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 92W WELLS Fra
Plum Community Library Juvenile Non-Fiction J 92 WEL
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
Call Number  J 92 WEL
Wilkinsburg Public Library Juvenile Biography J 92 WELLS BIOGRAPHY
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Biography
The acclaimed civil rights leader Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) is brought vividly to life in this accessible and well-researched biography. Wells was a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and she helped black women win the right to vote. But what she is most remembered for is the success of her lifelong crusade against the practice of lynching--called by some "our nation's crime"--in the American South. She fought her battle by writing and publishing countless newspaper articles and by speaking around the world. Her outspokenness put her in grave danger many times over, but she would not be silenced, and today she is credited with ending lynching in the United States. Her story is one of courage and determination in the face of intolerance and injustice. AFTERWORD, BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDEX.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6^-up. Near the end of her life, Ida B. Wells-Barnett was smuggled into a prison to meet with 12 sharecroppers who had been consigned to death row for trying to organize; instead of offering comfort, she tartly told them to stop singing spirituals and start hoping for freedom right here on Earth. In the Fradins' view, that was Wells all over: an outspoken journalist who never softened or compromised and who lashed at blacks and whites with equal fervor at any sign of accommodation to racial inequity. The former slave taught school, ran newspapers, founded or helped found several organizations, including the NAACP, and, 29 years before Rosa Parks was even born, sued a railroad for being forcibly removed from a "whites only" seat. She is chiefly remembered, however, for her long crusade against lynching, sparked by the violent death of a Memphis acquaintance. After reading the Fradins' brutal, explicit accounts of several lynchings and race riots, and seeing the horrifying photos that alternate with formal portraits of Wells' family and prominent associates, it will be easy to understand her rage. After she was ultimately driven by her radicalism to the fringes of organized African American reform, her reputation was long eclipsed, but her confrontational style clearly prefigured that of the black power movement and its militant descendants. Of the several recent biographies of this colorful reformer for young readers, this is by far the most moving and complete. Bibliography. --John Peters"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Wells-Barnett, Ida B., -- 1862-1931 -- Juvenile literature.
African American women civil rights workers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Civil rights workers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American women journalists -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Lynching -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- Race relations -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher New York :Clarion Books,2000
Contributors Fradin, Judith Bloom.
Language English
Description xii, 178 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-170) and index.
ISBN 0395898986
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