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.
  • Blain, Keisha N. “Ida B. Wells offered the solution to police violence more than 100 years ago.” Washignton Post. 7/11/2017.
  • Hannah-Jones, Nikole. “When Ida B. Wells Married, It Was a Page One Story.” New York Times. 1/23/2017.
  • Black, Patti Carr. “Ida B. Wells: A Courageous Voice for Civil Rights.” Mississippi History Now.
  • Wells-Barnett, Ida B. “Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases.” 1892. Via
  • Totten, Gary. “Embodying Segregation: Ida B. Wells and the Cultural Work of Travel.” African American Review, Vol. 42, No. 1, Representing Segregation. Via JSTOR.
  • Giddings, Paula. “Missing in Action Ida B. Wells, the NAACP, and the Historical Record.” Meridians, Vol. 1, No. 2. Sprin 2001. Via JSTOR.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • McTaggart, Ursula. “The Empty Noose: The Trouble With Removing Spectacle From Lynching Iconography: Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 45, No. 8 (NOVEMBER 2014).
  • 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.
  • NAACP. “History of Lynchings.”