The Red record & Southern Horrors: Real American History Contributor(s): Barnett, Ida B Wells (Author)

The Red record & Southern Horrors: Real American History Contributor(s): Barnett, Ida B Wells (Author)

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Biographical Note:
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 - March 25, 1931), more commonly known as Ida B. Wells, was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, feminist Georgist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. Born into slavery in Mississippi, as an adult she documented lynching in the United States in the 1890s, showing that it was often used as a way to control or punish blacks who competed with whites, rather than being based on criminal acts by blacks, as was usually claimed by whites. She was active in women's rights and the women's suffrage movement, establishing several notable women's organizations. Wells was a skilled and persuasive rhetorician and traveled internationally on lecture tours.[