Civil Rights

Ida B Wells

Why Ida B Wells is viewed as one of freedom’s daughters

Ida B Wells is seen as one of the freedom’s daughters because she was a journalist and an activist in the early promoters of the Civil Rights Movement. She was an editor and partially owned a newspaper which printed articles which were disputable at that time. She was an opinionated rival of the lynching practices practically; she declared war on lynching in the press.

Ida B Wells’ contributions to the Civil Rights Movement

Wells contributed to the movement significantly; she was stirred up to investigate, report, and count lynches in America as it had never been done by anyone before. Ida B Wells went to the places where the people were shot, beaten, drowned, and burned alive, mutilated or hanged; she inquired eyewitnesses to provide statements and occasionally hired secretive investigators to go deep into the matters then published them in local newspapers. That was astonishingly courageous work in that era of Jim Crow segregation. There was no law protecting any black woman heading to territories in which black people get lynched after being stolen from the jail with the assistance of law administration. Wells fought injustices and devastated the ordinary narratives by the media that allegedly associated the lynching sufferers with crimes. She tallied the number of lynching that happened; she was an early data reporter and showed how more significant the problem scope was. Ida B Wells played a crucial role in the movement she was aware of her significance in the movement.

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Description of the women

Similarities and differences among the women

The women had similar traits; all the women had been presumed to be unconcerned about the rights of the women. The women generally experienced patriarchy. They were oppressed. Religion sanctioned new traits and speech among all the women to a certain point. Through religion, the message of regeneration spiritually by education, community reforms, and racism and slavery resistance was proclaimed and was supported by all the women.

How the experiences by the women affected their outlook and actions

Black women in their churches, homes, communities, organizations and social clubs performed leadership roles. Though class, gender and race restraints prohibited their recognition, they performed significant roles as leaders in providing essential resources like communication channels, money and personnel required to sustain the movement. The experiences by the women positively affected their actions; they could not stand the brutality faced by fellow humans.


Women have been excluded from higher forms of politics and knowledge because their anger has been mythologized as over powerful or non-existent. However, when educated women in the 19th century broke with conventional norms of correct articulated anger at racism, reticent femininity and sexism, risks were taken which white women who were activists never worried about.



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Guy-Sheftall, Beverly. “Black Women’s Studies: The Interface of Women’s Studies and Black Studies.” Phylon (1960-) 49, no. 1/2 (1992): 33-41.

Olson, Lynne. Freedom’s Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970. New York: Touchstone, 2001.

Schechter, Patricia A. “All the Intensity of My Nature”: Ida B. Wells, Anger, and Politics.” Radical History Review, 1998, no. 70 (1998): 48-77.