Ida G. Wells's Ida Bell Wells-Wells

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Ida Bell Wells-Barnett is known as being a female crusader not only for women’s suffrage but also for African Americans, her legacy surrounds us and you can see the impact she made everywhere. Wells was born into slavery. Her father was a carpenter and both her parents James Wells and Elizabeth wells were enslaved until the Emancipation Proclamation a year after Ida was born. Wells’ father James was a “Race man” who worked for equality. He even went to college but dropped out to help his family. Her mother died at a young age of yellow fever but worked as a cook. Both of Wells parents took education very seriously and wanted their children to have a good education to give them opportunities in the future. Wells attended Shaw University (Rust College) and was expelled. Ida was only fourteen when a horrible epidemic…show more content…
Shortly after she arrived, Wells was involved in an altercation with a white conductor while riding on the railroad. She had purchased a first-class ticket, and was seated in the ladies car when the conductor ordered her to sit in the Jim Crow section, which did not offer first-class accommodations. She refused to move and when the conductor tried to remove her, she bit his hand. Wells was removed from the train, and she sued the railroad. She won her case in a lower court, but the decision was reversed in an appeals higher court. This was seventy-one years before Rosa Parks did something similar. She then started writing for newspapers and began her activism against racism. When she was thirty several of her friends were lynched. This led Ida to start an anti-lynching campaign. She began investigative journalism. She spoke about lynchings at various black women’s clubs, and raised more than $500 to investigate lynching’s and publish her results. Wells found that blacks were lynched for such frivolous reasons as failing to pay debts, not appearing to give way to whites, competing with whites economically, being drunk in

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