Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases by Ida B. Wells

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1.Ida B. Wells wrote the primary source Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases. This article was published in October 1892. On the Encyclopedia Britannica Online I read that Ida B. Wells attended Rust University, which was a freedmen’s school, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She started teaching when he was only 14 years old! Later she moved to Memphis, Tennessee and she taught there as well. While living and teaching in Tennessee she attended Fisk University, which is in Nashville, she was taking summer classes. Those classes later helped her write for a small newspaper. She called herself Lola. The articles she wrote were important for the education that was there for African American children. After writing for the newspaper she did not renew her teaching license and that is how she became a journalist. Booker T. Washington wrote one of the primary sources, The American Negro. This speech was given in Atlanta, Georgia on September 18, 2895. On the online database, Encyclopedia Britannica Online, I learned that Booker T. Washington was born a slave and later after he was emancipated he moved with his family to Malden, West Virginia. He thought that he couldn’t go to school so he decided to start working right away. He worked at a coal mine. Later he decided he needed to go to school. To help pay for school he was a janitor. He went to Hampton Normal and Agriculture Institute, which is in Virginia. He became a teacher and taught both children and adults. 2.I think that Ida B. Wells and Booker T. Washington were both fighting for everyone to be treated equal whether it be about race or sex. The Women’s Era had helped women to become more equal. “Though a network of women’s clubs, temperance association and social reform organizations, women exerted a growing influence on public affairs,” (Foner, pg 654)

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