Michelle Obama Will Publish “Guided Journal", What New Yorkers Are Reading During Quarantine. Exhaustive—indeed, sometimes exhausting—but with a key piece missing. Giddings spares no detail or scrap of salvaged paper, however obscure or immaterial. Wells and the campaign against lynching. Trouble signing in? With her characteristic candor and dry wit, she recounts the story of her fateful meeting with her future husband. The author’s book thoroughly covers Ida’s life but gives little background of blacks and the status of civil rights that preceded the late 1800s and were established before the “separate but equal” doctrine of Plessy v. Ferguson which upheld segregation. As a Lily Among Thorns. Asides about conflicts within the black women’s club movement go on for chapters, and Wells’s early love life, including lengthy quotes from her suitors’ letters, gets far more space than it merits. 1 Review. It’s free and takes less than 10 seconds! She herself bought a gun, but investigative journalism was her primary weapon. Pulitzer Prize Board citation to Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching. Publication Date: March 11, 2008. Not long before her death in 1931, she ran unsuccessfully for state senator. Ida B. And even though she deems herself “not a political person,” she shares frank thoughts about the 2016 election. Ida Wells-Barnett was among the first to grasp that the battle against lynching was the moral cutting edge of African-Americans’ struggle for equality. Add to Cart Add to Wish List. Get this from a library! Procrastination - A Prince Among Thieves. Giddings (In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement, 1988, etc.) Search on Google. Defying Victorian gentility, Wells debunked this propaganda with evidence that accusations of rape were a factor in less than one-third of lynchings. That position put her at odds with less radical members of the antiracist movement, including many women’s suffrage groups and nationally prominent figures like Booker T. Washington, who held that blacks must move beyond ignorance and poverty and embrace bourgeois values before they could earn the rights enjoyed by white Americans. About the Author. Through it all, Obama remained determined to serve with grace and help others through initiatives like the White House garden and her campaign to fight childhood obesity. For eight years, we witnessed the adversity the first family had to face, and now we get to read what it was really like growing up in a working-class family on Chicago’s South Side and ending up at the world’s most famous address. Please note: we are 48 hours behind processing online orders. The former first lady opens up about her early life, her journey to the White House, and the eight history-making years that followed. attempts to rescue from obscurity anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching (Hardcover) By Paula J. Giddings. How do I upload a book? Yet she remained very much the Victorian young lady who admired “noble true womanhood and perfect ladyship” and vowed to curb her “unfeminine” anger. Wells...a paragon of American history. Wells was a complex woman, and Ida, A Sword Among Lions by Paula J. Giddings is a complex book that captures the full scope of her challenging and impressive life. Ida B. Wells-Barnett was one of the first African-Americans to raise an informed protest against this outrage. CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES | Massive biography of an important yet little-known figure in American civil-rights history. The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power. Wells, who had since moved to New York, was shocked by Moss’s death. Paula Giddings’s monumental achievement restores this extraordinary contrarian to her place as one … Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. She called for boycotts and strikes by blacks to protest lynchings. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching (Paperback) Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Black women at the time were often demeaned as dusky temptresses, which presumably explained their illicit sexual attraction to so many white men. Amistad, 9780060519216, 816pp. PSYCHOLOGY | It was “our first lesson in white supremacy,” she declared. Determined, outspoken and fearless, an incendiary pamphleteer, she was politically astute, anticipating the tactics of the civil rights movement. It provides thought provoking and pain staking details of a hurricanic time in American history...and Ida B. Wells-Barnett was the eye of the storm. If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. Giddings, a professor of African-American studies at Smith College and author of “Where and When I Enter,” a history of black women activists, brushes in the historical context of Wells-Barnett’s campaign ably, if in occasionally numbing detail. Please Sign in to start your review . In the tradition of towering biographies that tell us as much about America as they do about their subject, Ida: A Sword Among Lions is a sweepingnarrative about a country and a crusader embroiled in the struggle against lynching: a practice that imperiled not only the lives of blackmen and women, but also a nation based on law and riven by race. Excavating scattered letters, fragmented diaries and second-hand references to her writings for short-lived African-American weeklies, Giddings aims, she writes, to uncover the achievements of a bold woman whose militancy and “dominating style” sometimes cost her allies in her own day and proper credit in the eyes of history.