“The facts have been so distorted that the people in the north and elsewhere do not realize the extent of the lynchings in south,” stated Ida B. Wells in June of 1895. Wells worked tirelessly to fight against lynching in the American South through newspapers, pamphlets, and speeches. A former school teacher, she is remembered for her work in both civil and women’s rights. Read more about it!
The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.
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- 1880s-1900s. Ida B. Wells works on many newspapers, writing especially about racial discrimination and lynching in the South.
- 1893-1894. Travels to Europe, speaking about lynching in the American South.
- 1895. Publishes “A Red Record,” a detailed account of lynching in the U.S.
- 1895. Marries Ferdinand Lee Barnett.
- 1909. Assists in founding NAACP but withdraws her membership.
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- Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as a phrase using Search Pages in Chronicling America: Ida B. Wells, lynch, lynching, negro, Red Record.
- It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.
- Try variations on names or terms. Ida B. Wells was sometimes referred to as “Ida Wells,” “Ida B. Wells-Barnett” or “Ida Wells-Barnett.” For best results use the proximity search for Ida within 5 words of Wells.
Sample Articles from Chronicling America:
- "Southern Mob Rule;" The Simple Story of an Eloquent Woman,"
The Washington Bee (Washington, DC),
October 29, 1892, Page 3, Image 3, col. 2-4.
- "Ida B. Wells Heard Here,"
The Sun (New York, NY),
July 30, 1894, Page 2, Image 2, col. 1-2.
- "A Plea for Her Race,"
The Hawaiian Gazette (Honolulu, HI),
August 21, 1894, Page 6, Image 6, col. 3.
- "The Ida Wells Crusade,"
The Record-Union (Sacramento, CA),
September 4, 1894, Page 2, Image 2, col. 1-2.
- "Miss Wells on Southern Mobs,"
The Morning Call (San Francisco, CA),
March 4, 1895, Page 7, Image 7, col. 4.
- "Ida B. Wells In Town,"
The Topeka State Journal (Topeka, KS),
June 8, 1895, Page 3, Image 3, col. 4.
- "Ida Wells Married," St. Paul Daily Globe (Saint Paul, MN),
June 28, 1895, Page 2, Image 2, col. 8.
- "Anti-Lynching Agitation,"
Evening Star (Washington, DC),
July 24, 1896, Page 12, Image 12, col. 4.
- "Against Lynch Law,"
Evening Star (Washington, DC),
July 28, 1896, Page 5, Image 5, col. 6.
- "A Futile Undertaking,"
Washington Standard (Olympia, WA),
November 23, 1900, Page 2, Image 2, col. 2.
- "The Lynching Record Shows Its Hypocrisy,"
The Evening Times (Grand Forks, ND),
June 1, 1909, Page 1, Image 1, col.3.
- "National Conference on Status of Negro Meets in New York,"
The Nashville Globe (Nashville, TN),
June 4, 1909, Page 1, Image 1, col. 3.