Ida B. Wells

Princess of the Press

Ida The Great

In the beginning of it all, Ida's life was complicated, because her parents where legal slaves. But then there was that amazing day when her whole town was realesed! This was amazing because now Ida could learn about, lynching. this set Ida out on her amazing journey of saving lives and opening eyes.

One step ida took against lynching was when she started writing for The Living Way in New York. One thing that helped ida want to do more was when three of her friends where brutally lyched by an angry white mob! Another step she took against lynching current was when she wrote her first book, The Red Record, and through this book she talked to people who lived all the way across the country! Ida was even asked to speak in England and Scotland!

Ida continued this work and in 1895 she got married to Ferdinand Lee Barnett, and when she was many people where worried that she would stop her merciless journey to stop lynching, and that would be horrible! One of these many people was Susan B. Anthony, and Ida said, "don't you believe in a woman getting married?' and from then on no one questioned her decisions.

Ida was friends with Susan B. Anthony, so she helped her in her work. In 1913 she created the Alpha Suffrage Club. Susan was very thankful for this because it was the first voting organization for black woman in the state of Illinois. Luckily, they won the battle!

As you can see, Ida was an amazing person and her victory will rain on forever!

What it would be like if Ida never saved the Usa

Do you know anyone who had very dark skin? well today if Ida never came along, you may not even know them because they would probably be homeschooled so that angry white mobs wouldn't kill them. This may happen because when Ida was a child, in rougher places than her little rural community, children where lynched to! can you imagine that happening to a small innocent child! Well it might have just if Ida never made her way through!

Ida's Quotes

- The white mans victory soon became complete fraud, violence, intimidation and murder.

- The Afro-American is thus the backbone of the south.

-Our country's national crime is lynching. It is not a creature of an hour, the sudden outburst of uncontrolled fury, or the unspeakable brutality of a mob.

(This next one is gross, so watch out!)

-The nineteenth century lynching mob cuts of ears, toes, and fingers, strips of flesh, and distributes portions of the body as souvenirs among the crowd

-The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.

-There is nothing we can do about lynching now, as we are out-numbered and without arms.