Ida B. Wells: Discovering History's Heroes

By: Diane Bailey

Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist and activist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s.

On one fateful train ride from Memphis to Nashville, in May 1884, Wells reached a personal turning point. Having bought a first-class train ticket, she was outraged when the train crew ordered her to move to the car for African Americans. She refused and was forcibly removed from the train—but not before she bit one of the men on the hand. Wells sued the railroad, winning a $500 settlement. However, the decision was later overturned by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

This injustice led Ida B. Wells to pick up a pen to write about issues of race and politics in the South. Using the moniker “Iola,” a number of her articles were published in black newspapers and periodicals. Wells eventually became an owner of the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight, and, later, of the Free Speech. She even took on the subject of lynching, and in 1898, Wells brought her anti-lynching campaign to the White House, leading a protest in Washington, DC, and calling for President William McKinley to make reforms.

Ida B. Wells never backed down in the fight for justice.

Epilogue. Glossary. Endnotes. Bibliography.

ISBN: 9781534424852

JLG Release: Nov 2019


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Ida B , Wells-Barnett (1862–1931) , African American women civil rights workers , Biography , US educators , US journalists , African Americans , Race relations , Women , Nineteenth-century US history , Twentieth-century US history

$17.55  Member Price


Add to Wishlist

Like this book? Get more like it every month.

Biography Elementary Plus

Grades 2-6

14 titles/year

$245.70/year

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Bailey explores Wells’s journey to becoming a prominent part of the fight for African American equality in the United States. Readers learn about Wells from her time as a young teen to her death. She is an often overlooked part of the history of civil rights, but Bailey does a superb job of maintaining readers’ interest through a chronological Bailey explores Wells’s journey to becoming a prominent part of the fight for African American equality in the United States. Readers learn about Wells from her time as a young teen to her death. She is an often overlooked part of the history of civil rights, but Bailey does a superb job of maintaining readers’ interest through a chronological account of Wells’s journey. The author highlights particularly tense moments when Wells’s work became dangerous, such as being a vocal crusader against lynching. As a young teen, Wells made the decision to care for her siblings after her parents’ death. She faced considerable challenges, as supporting a large family with a meager education at the turn of the century was difficult. Additionally, many people thought the odds were against Wells due to her race and gender. She proved her naysayers wrong and used her skills, grit, and determination to become an undeniable force in journalism. Each chapter has bolded words that are clearly explained in context, and a glossary is provided at the end of the book. This vocabulary addition is helpful with terms that require some content knowledge for full understanding. Readers who appreciate nonfiction and biographies will enjoy the quick pace and suspenseful moments detailed in this look at the life of Ida B. Wells. Bailey’s writing is clear and accessible to young readers who will understand the perilous risks Wells took as she fought against racism.

Book Details

ISBN

9781534424852

First Release

November 2019

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

160

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 680L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Aladdin/Jeter Children's

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

Ida B, Wells-Barnett (1862–1931), African American women civil rights workers, Biography, US educators, US journalists, African Americans, Race relations, Women, Nineteenth-century US history, Twentieth-century US history,

Standard MARC Record

Download Standard MARC Record

Cover Art

Download Cover Art

Recommended Titles From Biography Elementary Plus

Biography Elementary Plus

$17.55

Thurgood

by Jonah Winter

Biography Elementary Plus

$17.55

Biography Elementary Plus

$17.55

Biography Elementary Plus

$17.55
Copyright © 2017 Magento, Inc. All rights reserved.