Ida B. Wells-Barnett


Ida B. Wells Barnett, in a photograph by Mary Garrity from c. 1893. Restored by Adam Cuerden. Public domain

Ida B. Wells-Barnett connects to a lot of episodes in our archive. She fought against lynching for decades, at a time when it wasn’t common at all for a woman, especially a woman of color, to become such a prominent journalist and a speaker.

Tracy's Research:

  • Norwood, Arlisha. "Ida B. Wells-Barnett." National Women's History Museum. National Women's History Museum, 2017. https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biographies/ida-b-wells-barnett
  • Blain, Keisha N. “Ida B. Wells offered the solution to police violence more than 100 years ago.” Washignton Post. 7/11/2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/07/11/ida-b-wells-offered-the-solution-to-police-violence-more-than-100-years-ago/?utm_term=.78498321b826
  • Hannah-Jones, Nikole. “When Ida B. Wells Married, It Was a Page One Story.” New York Times. 1/23/2017. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/weddings/165-years-of-wedding-announcements/ida-wells-wedding
  • Black, Patti Carr. “Ida B. Wells: A Courageous Voice for Civil Rights.” Mississippi History Now. http://www.mshistorynow.mdah.ms.gov/articles/49/ida-b-wells-a-courageous-voice-for-civil-rights
  • Wells-Barnett, Ida B. “Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases.” 1892. Via archive.org. https://archive.org/stream/southernhorrors14975gut/14975.txt
  • Totten, Gary. “Embodying Segregation: Ida B. Wells and the Cultural Work of Travel.” African American Review, Vol. 42, No. 1, Representing Segregation. Via JSTOR. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40301303
  • Giddings, Paula. “Missing in Action Ida B. Wells, the NAACP, and the Historical Record.” Meridians, Vol. 1, No. 2. Sprin 2001. Via JSTOR. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40338447
  • Addams, Jane and Ida B. Wells. “Lynching & Rape: An Exchange of Views.” Edited and with an introduction by Bettina Aptheker, University of California Santa Cruz. https://archive.org/stream/LynchingRapeAnExchangeOfViews/Aptheker#page/n0/mode/1up
  • Boyd, Melba Joyce. “Canon Configuration for Ida B. Wells-Barnett.” The Black Scholar, Vol. 24, No. 1, Black Cultural History - 1994 (Winter 1994). Via JSTOR. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41068453
  • McTaggart, Ursula. “The Empty Noose: The Trouble With Removing Spectacle From Lynching Iconography: Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 45, No. 8 (NOVEMBER 2014). http://www.jstor.org/stable/24573594
  • Bay, Mia. “To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells.” Hill and Wang. 2009.
  • Wells-Barnett, Ida B. “Mob Rule in New Orleans: Robert Charles and His Fight to Death, the Story of His Life, Burning Human Beings Alive, Other Lynching Statistics.” 1900. Via Project Gutenberg. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/14976/14976-h/14976-h.htm
  • NAACP. “History of Lynchings.” http://www.naacp.org/history-of-lynchings/

Topics in this Podcast: journalism, newspapers, white supremacy, U.S. history, mass anti-black violence, lynching, reconstruction, slavery, black history, civil rights, 20th century, 19th century, biographies, women, racism