To Keep the Waters Troubled

To Keep the Waters Troubled : Life of Ida B. Wells

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In the generation that followed Frederick Douglass, no African American was more prominent, or more outspoken, than Ida B.Wells. Her crusade against lynching in the 1890s made her famous across America, and she was seriously considered as a rival to W.E.B.Du Bois and Booker T.Washington for race leadership. This book is the biography of Wells, a passionate crusader for black people and women, and one who was sometimes torn by her conflicting loyalties to race and gender. Wells' career began amidst controversy when she sued a Tennessee railroad company for ousting her from a first class car, a legal battle which launched her lifelong committment to journalism and activism. In the 1890s, Wells focused her eloquence on the horrors of lynching, exposing it as a widespread form of racial terrorism. Backing strong words with strong actions, she lectured in the States and abroad, arranged legal representation for black prisoners, hired investigators, founded anti-lynching leagues, sought recourse from Congress, and more.
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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 38.1mm | 771.1g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 17 halftones, 11 line drawings, bibliography
  • 0195088123
  • 9780195088120

About Linda O. McMurray

Linda O. McMurry is a Professor of History at North Carolina State University, and author of George Washington Carver: Scientist and Symbol and Recorder of the Black Experience: A Biography of Monroe Nathan Work. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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