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D sexuality as well 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 subseuently took her campaign across the country and throughout the British Isles before she married and settled in Chicago where she continued her activism as a journalist suffragist and independent candidate in the rough and tumble world of the Windy City’s politicsIn this eagerly awaited biography by Paula J Giddings author of the groundbreaking book When and Where I Enter which traced the activisthistory of black women in America the irrepressible personality of Ida B Wells surges out of the pages. This book is challenging to read because of the length and depth of subject matter however I walked away from the book with a renewed sense of pride for the rich history of Black women in Ameri

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Ida A Sword among Lions Ida B Wells and the Campaign against Lynching

In the tradition of towering biographies that tell us as much about America as they do about their subject 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 raceAt the center of the national drama is Ida B Wells 1862 1931 born to slaves in Mississippi who began her activist career by refusing to leave a first class ladies’ car on a Memphis railway and rose to lead the nation’s firstcampaign against lynching For Wells the key to the rise in violence was embedded in attitudes not only about black men but about women an. This took forever for me to finish but it was a great read Ida B Wells Barnett was a trailblazer and should get far recognition and credit than she does Her investigative reports on lynching s

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With meticulous research and vivid rendering of her subject Giddings also provides compelling portraits of twentieth century progressive luminaries black and white with whom Wells worked during some of the most tumultuous periods in American history Embattled all of her activist life Wells found herself fighting not only conservative adversaries but icons of the civil rights and women’s suffrage movements who sought to undermine her place in historyIn this definitive biography which places Ida B Wells firmly in the context of her times as well as ours Giddings at long last gives this visionary reformer her due and in the process sheds light on an aspect of our history that isoften left in the shado. I d never heard about Ida B Wells until I read a blog post somewhere recommending this biography I think reading this book blind made it interesting because I didn t know what to expect from t


10 thoughts on “Ida A Sword among Lions Ida B Wells and the Campaign against Lynching

  1. says:

    When I think of American heroes people who made a true difference in the civic life of this country and who stood often at great personal cost for ideals like freedom euality and democracy I put Ida B Wells Barnett at the top of my list Before reading Paula Giddings' extensively researched and detailed biography of Wells Barnett I already knew about her work in the late 19th and early 20th centuries documenting lynchings of African Americ

  2. says:

    This took me a little over two months to read and it was worth every moment Best biography I've ever read And it doubles as an AP History text too in all the things most of us are never taught about Black American historyThis incredibly detailed work of scholarship over 600 pages of text and then another 200 pages of notes and bibliography covers everything known about Ida Barnett Wells's life and work from her difficult childhood through t

  3. says:

    This took forever for me to finish but it was a great read Ida B Wells Barnett was a trailblazer and should get far recognition and credit than she does Her investigative reports on lynching some of which were incl

  4. says:

    An exhaustive and often exhausting look at the turn of the century struggle for basic Black rights The title is a bit of a

  5. says:

    This book is challenging to read because of the length and depth of subject matter however I walked away from the book with a renewed sense of pride for the rich history of Black women in America Ida Wells is a heroine in my view and Paula Giddings did a phenomenal job capturing this

  6. says:

    Not only should we thank Toni Morrison for her beautiful novels and wonderful essays but also for pushing Giddings to write this important biography of Ida B Wells And Giddings deserves thanks and love times ten for this work I didn’t realize how unusual some of my schooling was until I started to teach For instance because I h

  7. says:

    This is not only the biography of a woman but also of an era About Ida B Wells Barnett I learned that she was far than an anti lynching crusader That was certainly a crucial part of her story but she was also a suffragist a political

  8. says:

    Really interesting subject but the level of detail was too much for me as a general reader It was hard to get thr

  9. says:

    I'd never heard about Ida B Wells until I read a blog post somewhere recommending this biography I think reading this book blind made it interesting because I didn't know what to expect from this woman's life I commend Giddings research and fantastic writing to keep me engaged though it definitely took me a long time to finish it and I feel like I got a really good feel for who Ida B Wells was I think the most interesting thing wa

  10. says:

    Extremely comprehensive Anyone who needs to gather tons of background knowledge and contextual evidence about Wells Barnett should read this book It made teaching my students about Wells Barnett a lot easier because I had plenty of