Reconstruction Period Research Forum
Black Press Salutes Ida B. Wells
In Response To: Re: The Structure of Lynching 1882-1930 ()
Black Press Month Salutes Pioneer: Ida B. Wells
Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was a newspaper editor and journalist who went on to lead the American anti-Lynching crusade. Working closely with both African-American community leaders and American suffragists. Wells worked to raise gender issues within the "Race Question" and race issues within the "Woman Question."
In 1892, Wells wrote a scrathing series of editorials following the lynching of three prominent African- American Memphis businessmen, friends of Wells's. In aftermath of the lynching and her outspoken criticism of it, her newspaper's office was sacked. Wells then moved to New York City, where she continued to write editorials and exposés against lynching, which was at an epidemic level in the years after Reconstruction.
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