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Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement

by Dennis Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin

Published by Clarion, 2000
178 pages
ISBN: 0-395-89898-6

Ages 12 - 16

Ida B. Wells was a writer, publisher, speaker, and activist whose crusade to outlaw lynching, and to see anti-lynching laws enforced, was impassioned and tireless. This inspiring yet down-to-earth profile of Wells also paints a chilling portrait of lynching itself that is painful yet important. Wells was the instrumental figure in the fight to outlaw lynching. As a journalist and speaker, she was vocal despite the dangers her views represented in the South. She had to leave Memphis, where she owned and edited a newspaper, when her life was threatened. Resettling in Chicago, she continued to write, publish and speak while raising six children. She traveled to lynching sites and spoke to victim's families, documenting what happened. She helped men in jail who feared they would be lynched, and she spoke out, and even testified in court, against those who lynched Black men or, in the case of one sheriff, allowed a lynching to occur. An intense and gripping portrait that has the power to inspire readers with its strong sense of justice. CCBC categories: Biography and Autobiography; Historical People, Places, and Events. (MS; Jan 15) 2000 Cooperative Children's Book Center

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