Eternal Vigilance : The Story of Ida B. Wells-Barnett

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Ida B. Wells-Barnett was born a slave in Mississippi in 1862. Her childhood ended abruptly when her parents and a baby brother died during a yellow fever epidemic, leaving Ida to care for her five younger siblings. But as she would throughout her life, Ida met the challenge. She became a country schoolteacher at age sixteen to earn money to keep the family together. But her career changed direction when she was dragged off of a train, to the applause of white passengers, after refusing to give up a seat reserved ...

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Ida B. Wells-Barnett was born a slave in Mississippi in 1862. Her childhood ended abruptly when her parents and a baby brother died during a yellow fever epidemic, leaving Ida to care for her five younger siblings. But as she would throughout her life, Ida met the challenge. She became a country schoolteacher at age sixteen to earn money to keep the family together. But her career changed direction when she was dragged off of a train, to the applause of white passengers, after refusing to give up a seat reserved for whites. From that day forward, Ida dedicated herself to fighting injustice, and her fearless crusading gained even more momentum after a close friend was lynched by a Memphis mob in 1892. Ida became a journalist, a pioneering civil rights activist, a co-founder of the NAACP, and a powerful voice for universal suffrage. Her sense of righteous indignation led her to travel throughout the U.S. and Great Britain, sometimes with a nursing baby in tow, to speak out against the oppression of African Americans, Strong-willed and uncompromising, Ida B. Wells-Barnett never gave up, kept quiet, or backed down.

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Gr 6–10—Hinman tells of Wells-Barnett's tireless efforts as an antilynching crusader and civil rights advocate. She begins with an episode of Wells as a young woman being removed from the white section of a railroad car and details how she became a teacher and then a journalist to support herself and her orphaned siblings. It was during her time as a journalist in Memphis that three African-American men were lynched, an event that launched her national campaign. Hinman paints an engaging portrait of the activist who was instrumental in the formation of the NAACP. Each stage of Wells-Barnett's life is placed in historical context, providing students with a better understanding of the world in which she lived. Well-chosen black-and-white photographs and other period materials are included throughout the text. Dennis and Judith Fradin's Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement (Clarion, 2000) covers the subject's personal life in more detail. Hinman's biography is a good addition for libraries needing more material on this passionate woman.—Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599351117
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2010
  • Series: Civil Rights Leaders Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Slave's Daughter 9

Chapter 2 Teacher Ida 17

Chapter 3 A New Calling 29

Chapter 4 Lynching at the Curve 41

Chapter 5 England to Chicago 51

Chapter 6 Travels for the Cause 63

Chapter 7 National Organizations 73

Chapter 8 Challenging Authority 85

Chapter 9 Making a Difference in Illinois 97

Chapter 10 Final Crusades 107

Timeline 119

Sources 120

Bibliography 123

Web Sites 125

Index 126

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