Crusade for justice : the autobiography of Ida B. Wells by Ida B. Wells, Alfreda M. Duster

By Ida B. Wells, Alfreda M. Duster

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) used to be one of many most efficient crusaders opposed to black oppression. This enticing memoir tells of her inner most lifestyles as mom of a starting to be kinfolk in addition to her public actions as instructor, lecturer, and journalist in her struggle opposed to attitudes and legislation oppressing blacks.

"No scholar of black heritage may still put out of your mind Crusade for Justice."—William M. Tuttle, Jr., Journal of yankee History

"Besides being the tale of a very brave and outspoken black girl within the face of innumerable odds, the ebook is a invaluable contribution to the social heritage of the U.S. and to the literature of the women's flow as well."—Elizabeth Kolmer, American Quarterly

"[Wells was once] a cosmopolitan fighter whose prose was once as if as her intellect."—Walter Goodman, New York Times

"An illuminating narrative of a zealous, race-conscious, civic- and church-minded black girl reformer, whose existence tale is an important bankruptcy within the historical past of Negro-White relations."—Thelma D. Perry, Negro heritage Bulletin

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144-45· [8] Born into Slavery rented another house. When Mr. Bolling returned he found he had lost a workman and a tenant, for already Wells had moved his family off the Bolling place. I do not remember when or where I started school. My earliest recollections are of reading the newsRaper to my father and an admiring group of his friends. He was interested in politics and I heard the words Ku Klux Klan long before I knew what they meant. I knew dimly that it meant something fearful, by the anxious way my mother walked the floor at night when my father was out to a political meeting.

Bowser, who was the editor of the Gate City Press and Kansas City's leading citizen among the colored people, already had an announcement in type for that week's issue of his paper, which said that "the brilliant lola" would be an associate editor in addition to her duties as a teacher. I was very sorry to again seem ungrateful to friends who had tried to show their appreciation of me, but I felt that I was right in so doing, especially when my own position in Memphis was still awaiting me. I left Kansas City that night and walked into the teacher's meeting in Memphis the following Saturday morning, in time to receive my assignment for the coming year.

She and her husband owned and tilled many acres of land and every fall brought their cotton and corn to market. She also brought us many souvenirs from hog-killing time. On one such occasion she told about "Miss Polly," her CHAPTER ONE former mistress, and said, "Jim, Miss Polly wants you to come and bring the children. " "Mother," said he, "I never want to see that old woman as long as 1 live. I'll never forget how she had you stripped and whipped the day after the old man died, and 1 am never going to sec her.

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