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The Memphis Diary of Ida B. Wells

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Published for the first time in its century, The Memphis Diary of Ida B. Wellsoffers an intimate look at the hopes, thoughts and day-to-day life of the young woman who would later become the celebrated civil rights activist and antilynching crusader. ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 31st 1995 by Beacon Press (first published 1994)
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Diana
Oct 09, 2013 Diana rated it really liked it
I first read this book in my early 20's which is the same age Wells was during the writing of much of her diary. The themes reflected in the diary are issues of concern to many women in that age range--- romance, finances and future plans.
Most of the diary entries are short but the editor does a good job painting in the details of Wells's life and community.
This book is a bit of an academic read but I would recommend it to any history buffs.
Katharine Holden
Jul 19, 2015 Katharine Holden rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
These diaries are interesting only in that they exist. They're not interesting to read. Mostly, they pre-date Wells' activism days.
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"I am not happy & nothing seems to make me so. I wonder what kind of creature I will eventually become?"
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Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931) was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist and, with her husband, newspaper owner Ferdinand L. Barnett, an early leader in the civil rights movement. She documented lynching in the United States, showing how it was often a way to control or punish blacks who competed with whites, often under the guise of rap ...more
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