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To Keep the Waters Troubled – The Life of Ida B. Wells - Oxford Scholarship Online
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To Keep the Waters Troubled: The Life of Ida B. Wells

Linda O. McMurry


In the generation that followed Frederick Douglass, no African American was more prominent, or more outspoken, than Ida B. Wells. Her crusade against lynching in the 1890s made her famous, or notorious, across America, and she was seriously considered as a rival to W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington for race leadership. This book is the first full biography of Wells, a passionate crusader for black people and women—and one who was sometimes torn by her conflicting loyalties to race and gender. Wells's career began amidst controversy when she sued a Tennessee railroad company for ousting h ... More

Keywords: Ida Wells, lynching, race leadership, race, gender, journalism, activism, racial justice, feminism, Du Bois

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Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780195139273
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139273.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda O. McMurry, author
North Carolina State University

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