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To Keep the Waters Troubled: The Life of Ida B. Wells

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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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Rebecca
Oct 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
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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.
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Dec 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. There are the common issues with this type of work, where in trying to be balanced and fair it feels like it is waffling, but the research is pretty good, context is usually set up well, and most of all I love Wells.
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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.