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Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells 2ed Paperback – 15 March 2020

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2 edition (15 March 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022669142X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226691428
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 503 g
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"Besides being the story of an incredibly courageous and outspoken black woman in the face of innumerable odds, the book is a valuable contribution to the social history of the United States and to the literature of the women’s movement as well."

About the Author

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was an African American journalist, newspaper editor, and an early leader in the civil rights movement. Wells was born into slavery in Holly Springs, Mississippi, in 1862. The Emancipation Proclamation was passed about six months after her birth.

She was a journalist and publisher--an owner of the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight, in which appeared the first stories and editorials of her anti-lynching campaign. In retaliation, in 1892, a mob stormed the newspaper's offices and smashed the equipment. Wells had already fled to Chicago and continued writing pamphlets and reports on lynching in America for the New York Age. She lectured across America and in Europe on the scourge of lynching.

In 1896, Wells formed the National Association of Colored Women. She was also a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. She continued to work for civil rights and African American empowerment, forming a black suffrage organization in Chicago, the Alpha Club. In 1930, she ran, unsuccessfully, for a seat in the Illinois state senate.

In 2020, a special Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Wells for "her outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans during the era of lynching."

Alfreda M. Duster (1904-1983), daughter of Ida B. Wells, was a social worker, mother, and civic leader in Chicago.

Eve L. Ewing is assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She is the author of Electric Arches, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, Atlantic, Washington Post, and many other venues. She was born in Chicago, where she still lives.

Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, is a writer, speaker, educator, and champion of racial and gender equity. She has written, edited, or contributed to eleven books, including Ida In Her Own Words and Ida From Abroad.

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