Lynching in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism: Ida B. Wells-Barnett And The Anti-Lynching Movement - Essay

Simone W. Davis (essay date 1995)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Davis, Simone W. “The ‘Weak Race’ and the Winchester: Political Voices in the Pamphlets of Ida B. Wells-Barnett.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 12, no. 2 (1995): 77-97.

[In the following essay, Davis examines the anti-lynching activities of Ida B. Wells-Barnett through the texts of Wells-Barnett's anti-lynching pamphlets, Southern Horrors and A Red Record.]

In her powerful anti-lynching pamphlets of the 1890s, Black activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) taught her contemporaries how to read politically. Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases and A Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynchings...

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Linda O. McMurry (essay date 1998)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: McMurry, Linda O. “Indictment of Lynching: ‘The cold-blooded savagery of white devils.’” In To Keep the Waters Troubled: The Life of Ida B. Wells, pp. 150-68. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

[In the following essay, McMurry delineates Ida B. Wells-Barnett's anti-lynching activism and career after the journalist's controversial departure from the Memphis Free Speech.]

“We cannot see what the ‘good’ citizens of Memphis gained by suppressing the Free Speech,” the St. Paul Appeal declared in August 1892. “They stopped the papers of a few hundreds subscribers and drove Miss Ida B. Wells to New York, and now she is telling the...

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Patricia Hill Collins (essay date 2002)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Collins, Patricia Hill. Introduction to On Lynchings, by Ida B. Wells-Barnett, pp. 9-24. Amherst, N.Y.: Humanity Books, 2002.

[In the following essay, an introduction to three of Ida B. Wells-Barnett's writings on lynching, Collins provides an overview of Wells-Barnett's activism and career and situates Wells-Barnett inside a feminist tradition.]

The resurgence of scholarly interest in the long and productive career of Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) is long overdue. This reprint of Southern Horrors, A Red Record, and Mob Rule in New Orleans, three of Wells-Barnett's important works on lynching, makes important contributions to our understanding of...

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