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Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of IDA B. Wells

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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...

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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 though 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 subject of a December, 1989, PBS documentary (based on this book), Ida B. Wells was one of the foremost crusaders against black oppression. This engaging memoir tells of her private life as well as her public activitiesin the fi ght against attitudes and laws oppressing blacks.

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Alfreda M. Duster, who died in 1983, was the daughter of Ida B. Wells and Ferdinand L. Barnett, the first black state's attorney in Illinois.
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Table of Contents


Editor's Foreword
Introduction
Preface
1. Born into Slavery
2. Hard Beginnings
3. New Opportunities
4. Iola
5. The "Free Speech" Days
6. Lynching at the Curve
7. Leaving Memphis Behind
8. At the Hands of a Mob
9. To Tell the Truth Freely
10. The Homesick Exile
11. Light from the Human Torch
12. Through England and Scotland
13. Breaking the Silent Indifference
14. An Indiscreet Letter
15. Final Days in London
16. "To the Seeker of Truth"
17. "Inter-Ocean" Letters
18. In Liverpool
19. In Manchester
20. In Bristol
21. Newcastle Notes
22. Memories of London
23. "You Can't Change the Record"
24. Last Days in Britain
25. A Regrettable Interview
26. Remembering English Friends
27. Susan B. Anthony
28. Ungentlemanly and Unchristian
29. Satin and Orange Blossoms
30. A Divided Duty
31. Again in the Public Eye
32. New Projects
33. Club Life and Politics
34. A Negro Theater
35. Negro Fellowship League
36. Illinois Lynchings
37. NAACP
38. Steve Green and "Chicken Joe" Campbell
39. Seeking the Negro Vote
40. Protest to the Governor
41. World War I and the Negro Soldiers
42. The Equal Rights League
43. East Saint Louis Riot
44. Arkansas Riot
45. The Tide of Hatred
46. The Price of Liberty
Bibliography
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2008

    Ida B. Wells

    I was assigned this autobiography for my People from Our Past history class and thought it was full of great information about Ida B. Wells. Although the book is long it is an easy read because she does so many interesting things in her life, especially her anti-lynching crusade. The most captivating part of the book is when she discusses how her three friends were lynched and when she wrote about it the people ran Wells out of Memphis. Even after she is run out of the city Wells does not give up her fight against what she believed in. Everyone should read this book because it offers the story of an African American woman who was active in fighting for justice and was not afraid to write about the injustices she faced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2008

    Crusader For Justice

    The book Crusader of Justice, the autobiography of Ida B. Wells, is a good read about the life and major events of Ida B. Wells. Written by Wells it gives a good insider look at her feelings about some of the major events in her life from her work at a newspaper to her involvement in the NAACP. It shows her frustrations as well as her excitement about many occurrences throughout her lifetime. Although she never got to finish her autobiography she gives details about many things in her life that help the reader see her many accomplishments and contributions to society.

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

    Crusade for Justice

    Crusade for Justice was the autobiography of Ida B. Wells. While other historical figures felt it necessary to document their experiences multiple times throughout their lives, Wells only felt it necessary to do it once. She is a particularly interesting individual in American history because she was subject to segregation for not only being an African American, but also because she was a woman. It was very interesting to hear an opinion on W.E.B. Du Bois, usually considered the most influential African American of the time period, from the perspective of an oppressed African American woman. Wells does an excellent job documenting her worldwide crusade against lynchings. While she arguably had to face the most confrontations of most social reformers, she was an extremely strong woman very committed to her cause.

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  • Posted December 4, 2008

    Muckrakers Express

    Crusade for Justice follows Wells life of exposing the evils of African American Treatment. While the book is a slow read and some of the informations she chooses to include seems repetitive, learning about the lynch statistics is eye opening for anyone who reads. The book discusses in full Wells attempts to bring to light the truth about lynching in america, from being ran out of her town and paper to traveling the world over to gain support for equality in america.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2008

    A GOOD BOOK

    I thought the book started off well. I had a hard time keeping interests in the book. Ida B. Wells is someone I did not know about her before this book. She is a very courageous women for fighting lynchings at home and abroad. It is too bad that she had to die before she finishes the book because she leaves the reader mid-word.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2008

    Crusade for Justice

    This book was very boring most of the time. It was very slow and almost put me to sleep. So if you rowdy college kids need to get some sleep one night, crack open Crusade of Justice and you'll be out til morning. Now while Ida B. Wells was a great woman and did a lot for the black community, she just couldn't keep her story interesting enough to keep my attention. However, she was a great she was an amazing woman and show be studied by every history student.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2008

    Boring Book

    This book is interesting at the same time extremely long and boring. Biographies are usually boring...why would i want to read about some black gurl and her life? Many colored around that time had problems, what makes her so special. Don't waste your money on this book...just go on wikipedia to read about her...

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Ida B. Wells

    Cruade For Justice is the amazing autobiography of Ida B. Wells anti-lynching crusader and civil rights activist. Wells is such an inspiring figure and she details the story of her life from being born a slave, raising her orphaned siblings, to become world famous anti-lynching crusader. Wells never had the chance to complete her autobiography before her sudden death. The inroduction from her daughter Alfreda M. Duster is informative. At time the book is a little slow and the length can be a little daughting, but all in all this is a compeling life story.

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