IDA B. Wells-Barnett and the Antilynching Crusade: And the Antilynching Crusadeby Suzanne Freedman
Traces the life of the journalist, focusing on her lifelong fight to stop lynching and to bring the nation's attention to the injustices suffered by blacks.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-6-These two well-written books about civil rights activists give readers a look at the era of legal segregation in the U.S. and its injustices. The events described in these accounts may seem stranger than fiction to today's students, but the historical black-and-white photographs are compelling and chilling. Elish recounts the efforts mounted and the personal risks taken by Meredith to attend the University of Mississippi. The photograph of him taken in 1986 shows that he survived his ordeal and has succeeded in his chosen career. Freedman traces Wells-Barnett's teaching and journalistic careers and details her lifelong crusade to put an end to lynching. Her work for voting rights for women and her role in founding the NAACP are also presented. Patricia and Fredrick McKissack's Ida B. Wells-Barnett (Enslow, 1991) is for a slightly younger audience.-Eunice Weech, M.L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL
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