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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ida B Wells  

Pen Name: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Ida Wells, Ida Wells-Barnett, Ida Bell Wells, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi

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Illinois Connection

Wells moved to Chicago in 1892 and lived there the rest of her life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ida B. Wells was a journalist, newspaper editor and, with her husband, newspaper owner Ferdinand L. Barnett, an early leader in the civil rights movement. Her career began as a school teacher, and she was offered a position on the editorial staff of the Evening Star. Wells spent the last thirty years of her life in Chicago raising her family and working on urban reform to improve conditions for its rapidly growing African-American population. She established several civil rights organizations. She established several civil rights organizations. In 1896, she formed the National Association of Colored Women and is considered a founding member of the NAACP which formed after brutal assaults on the African-American community in Springfield, Illinois, in 1908. After her retirement, Wells started writing her autobiography, ''Crusade for Justice''. She never finished it; the book ends in the middle of a sentence, in the middle of a word. Wells died of kidney failure in Chicago on March 25, 1931, at the age of sixty-eight.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases
ISBN: 0692304673

Loki's Publishing. 2014

Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931) she was an influential African-American journalist and newspaper editor. She was an early leader in the civil rights movement as well as a suffragist.

The Reason Why Colored American Is Not in World's Columbian Exposition: The Afro-American's Contribution to Columbian Literature
ISBN: 0252067843

University of Illinois Press. 1999

Offers essays from 1893

A red record: Tabulated statistics and alleged causes of lynchings in the United States, 1892-1893-1894

Donohue & Henneberry. 1895

Mob Rule in New Orleans - Robert Charles and His Fight to Death, the Story of His Life, Burning - Human Beings Alive, Other Lynching Statistics

Qontro Classic Books. 2010

Mob Rule in New Orleans - Robert Charles and His Fight to Death, the Story of His Life, Burning - Human Beings Alive, Other Lynching Statistics is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by Ida B. Wells-Barnett is in the English language, and may not include graphics or images from the original edition. If you enjoy the works of Ida B. Wells-Barnett then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection.

Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells (Negro American Biographies and Autobiographies)
ISBN: 0226893448

University of Chicago Press. 1991

Ida 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 women's 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

The Selected Works of Ida B. Wells-Barnett (The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers) by Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1991-04-18)
ISBN: B01A0C76Q8

Oxford University Press; 1 edition (1991-04-18). 1656

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Ida B. Wells: The Memphis Diary--An Intimate Portrait of the Activist as a Young Woman

Beacon Press. 1995

Southern Horrors and Other Writings; The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1900
ISBN: 0312116950

Bedford/St. Martin's. 1996

Ida B. Wells was an African-American woman who achieved national and international fame as a journalist, public speaker, and community activist. This volume collects three pamphlets that constitute her major works during the anti-lynching movement: Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases, A Red Record, and Mob Rule in New Orleans.

The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader
ISBN: 0143106821

Penguin Classics. 2014

The broadest and most comprehensive collection of writings available by an early civil and women’s rights pioneer

Seventy-one years before Rosa Parks’s courageous act of resistance, police dragged a young black journalist named Ida B. Wells off a train for refusing to give up her seat. The experience shaped Wells’s career, and—when hate crimes touched her life personally—she mounted what was to become her life’s work: an anti-lynching crusade that captured international attention.

This volume covers the entire scope of Wells’s remarkable career, collecting her early writings, articles exposing the horrors of lynching, essays from her travels abroad, and her later journalism. The Light of Truth is both an invaluable resource for study and a testament to Wells’s long career as a civil rights activist.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.