Ida B. Wells was a civil rights activist who wrote in newspapers to advocate against lynching and racial discrimination. This guide provides access to material related to "Ida B. Wells" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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“The facts have been so distorted that the people in the north and elsewhere do not realize the extent of the lynchings in south,” states Ida B. Wells in June of 1895. Wells works tirelessly to fight against lynching in the American South through newspapers, pamphlets, and speeches. A former school teacher, she is known for her work in both civil and women’s rights. Read more about it!
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Ida B. Wells works for several newspapers, writing especially about racial discrimination and lynching in the South.
Travels to Europe, speaking about lynching in the American South.
Publishes A Red Record, a detailed account of lynching in the U.S.
Marries Ferdinand Lee Barnett.
Assists in founding NAACP but withdraws her membership.