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To Keep the Waters Troubled: The Life of Ida B. Wells
In the generation that followed Frederick Douglass, no African American was more prominent, or more outspoken, than Ida B. Wells. Seriously considered as a rival to W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington for race leadership, Wells' career began amidst controversy when she sued a Tennessee railroad company for ousting her from a first class car, a legal battle which launch ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published January 14th 1999 by Oxford University Press
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A biography of Ida B. Wells, and one of the most interesting books I read this term. She started the anti-lynching campaign in America, and was incredibly influential in the early equal rights movement. I would definitely recommend this to everyone as it is not as scholarly as other books on this list, and is a quick read, too.
Linda O. McMurry is a Professor of History at North Carolina State University, and author of George Washington Carver: Scientist and Symbol and Recorder of the Black Experience: A Biography of Monroe Nathan Work. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.