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Ida B. Wells: a Passion for Justice

To watch the entire documentary, to read background information and to order DVDs, visit: http://newsreel.org/video/IDA-B-WELLS Documents the dramatic life a...
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Ida B. Wells

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This site offers information about the life and writings of Ida B. Wells, journalist and anti-lynching activist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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Ida B. Wells & Lynching Ida B. Wells had a problem with lynching because she was African American herself and she did not think it was right that African Americans were getting killed for no apparent reason. About 4,742 people were lynched between 1882 and 1968 victims were hung or even burned to death by white mobs. Humans were put to death without complaint under oath, without trial by jury, without opportunity to make defense and without right of appeal. Lynching was original in methods but exceedingly affective in procedure. Lynching affected mostly African Americans and those who fought for their rights. Lynching killed African Americans who were concerned with the civil rights movement. African Americans were getting killed for no reason at all, the white mobs were running through gas stations taking African Americans and killing them just because they wanted to and they were black. Everything was in the white mobs hand they had all the power. African Americans really had no choice but to die, they had to sit around and get mistreated and they had to sit around knowing that they or anyone close to them could die at any time. Lynching was not just white mobs killing African Americans it was also white mobs killing Jews and more. Lynching was more often used as a way to instill fear in and exert power of all blacks meaning taking all blacks power away. Ida B Wells- Barnett, born a slave, and went to work as a teacher. She had to support her family after her parents died. She wrote for newspapers, as a reporter, and newspaper owners on racial justice. Ida B Wells was forced to leave town after a mob attacked her office, for writing a paper against a lynching that occurred in 1892. Ida B. Wells wrote newspaper articles to expose lynching; she began editorial campaigning, and created organizations to help prevent lynching. Wells the muckraking journalist; she was a journalist who searched for scandals, and things done wrong such as lynching. Wells wanted to be a positive muckraker although the word “muckraking” tends to have a negative say so behind it. The information Wells discovered was important for the public to be notified by. Wells worked to address the social, and political concerns of African Americans. Wells wanted to help the issue of lynching just the simple fact of supporting African Americans. Lynching was a brutal killing to the black men, and women, but Wells choose to challenge violence and terror. Yes lynching is still an issue its just not broadcasted to the public. Although lynching disappeared from the West in the 1900s, it does still exist.

 

 

Vocabulary

1. Muckraking: the action of searching out and publicizing scandalous information about famous people in an underhanded way.

2. Lynching: (of a mob) to kill someone, by hanging for an alleged offense with or without a legal trail.

3. Brutal: savagely violent, to punish in an uncomfortable manner.

4. Exert: apply or bring to bear (a force, influence, or quality)

5. Journalist: a person who writes for newspaper or magazines or prepares news to be broadcast on radio or television.

6. Civil Rights Movement: the rights of citizen to political and social freedom and equality

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Today in Texas History: Teenage boy lynched in Center | Texas on the Potomac | a Chron.com blog

Today in Texas History: Teenage boy lynched in Center | Texas on the Potomac | a Chron.com blog | Lynching by Ida B Wells | Scoop.it
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Ida B. Wells-Barnett(1862-1931) and Her Passion for Justice, Black Women, African American Women, Sufferage, Women's Movement, Civil Rights Leaders

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On Lynchings (Classics in Black Studies): Ida B. Wells-Barnett,Patricia Hill Collins: 9781591020080: Amazon.com: Books

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