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Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching Hardcover – March 11, 2008

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“A groundbreaking biography gives this warrior her due.” (O magazine)

A sweeping and timely biographical narrative about Ida B. Wells...a paragon of American history. (Ebony)

“A hearty thumbs-up for this powerful retelling of her life.” (Essence)

“Paula J. Giddings IDA: A SWORD AMONG LIONS (Amistad) is a worthy biography of the vibrant crusader who led the nation’s first campaign against lynching.” (Vogue)

“Ida B. Wells was an inspired journalist, an uncompromising civil libertarian, and a woman far ahead of her patriarchal times—a ‘difficult’ woman. Paula Giddings’s monumental achievement restores this extraordinary contrarian to her place as one of the grand pace-setters of American social justice and female empowerment.” (David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize-Winning biographer of W.E.B. DuBois)

“History at its best—clear, intelligent, moving. Paula Giddings has written a book as priceless as its subject.” (Toni Morrison)

“The best interpretation of black women and race and sex that we have.” (Women's Review of Books on When and Where I Enter)

About the Author

Paula J. Giddings is the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor in Afro-American Studies at Smith College and the author of When and Where I Enter and In Search of Sisterhood.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Amistad; First Edition edition (March 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060519215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060519216
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Giddings' biography presents the life of a woman whose courage and intelligence transcends the time in which she lived. Wells story resonates with the troublesome duality of being black and intelligent during a time that most of society saw African Americans as less-than-human. Moreover, Giddings' research builds step-by-step to grow an illustration of Wells resplendent in its examples of unintended consequences. Each violent action by the racists unintentionally shines light on Wells poetic writings that casts each action in its stony hatred for all humanity not only black humanity. Consequently, Giddings' prose flows through each active time of Wells' career as a journalist and writer of civil rights chapbooks almost as though she were channeling Wells herself since Wells story builds from one hair-raising escape from one bigoted southern town to the next. Pick it up.
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Ida: A Sword Among Lions is a great biographic start for students of history. It provides thought provoking and pain staking details of a hurricanic time in American history...and Ida B. Wells-Barnett was the eye of the storm. She uprooted anyone or anything that stood in the way of justice for African-Americans- from lynchings to women's suffrage, jobs and politics. As a woman, she was before her time in aggressive-ness, assertiveness, and intelligence. I would dare say that the majority of her problems with her contemporaries were gender related. Giddings took a complicated and complex woman during a crucial era and produced a compelling contribution to African American history and the history of the Women's Movement. The book was too long, but will wet your appetite to learn more about the people, places, and events so thoroughly documented in this biography.
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Before Rosa Parks, there was Ida B. Wells. And then some.

A political activist beginning in the late1800s, Ida B. Wells grabbed my attention when I first heard the story about the time she received a knock at the door by two intelligence officers. They threatened to arrest her for treason if she didn’t stop her brand of political activism, referring to her making commemorative buttons for the martyred twenty-fourth United States Infantrymen, Third Battalion in Houston, Texas. In her fifties, she stated she’d rather go down in “history as one lone Negro who dared tell the government it had done a dastardly thing” (charging the soldiers with mutiny after a race riot and ordering many of their executions), “than save her own life by being quiet.” She added it would be an “honor” to be incarcerated under those circumstances.

The year the intelligence officers knocked at her door was 1918 and Congress had passed the Sedition Act. It was a draconian amendment to the Espionage Act of 1917 which carried a $10,000 fine and a prison term up to twenty-six years for anyone found meddling with the conduct of the business of World War I.

Paula Giddings’ book, “Ida: A Sword Among Lions,” focuses on Wells’ campaign against lynching. The author’s book thoroughly covers Ida’s life but gives little background of blacks and the status of civil rights that preceded the late 1800s and were established before the “separate but equal” doctrine of Plessy v. Ferguson which upheld segregation.

The Thirteenth Amendment prohibited slavery in the United States. The Fourteenth Amendment provided equal protection of laws. No state could deprive citizens of their rights under the Constitution. The Fifteenth Amendment (1870) established the right of citizens to vote.
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I wanted to read about this wonderful woman I've heard so much about. I also wanted to read about her since she lived during the same time as my great grandparents . I've been studying the family history and I get a great since of what their lives were like. A must read for anyone wanting to know the history of that day. Lots of things happening then apply to our current history. Written in excellent style and great understanding.
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Paula Giddings gives an insightful and comprehensive bio on the great Ida B. Wells. This is a must read for any serious US Historian to understand America's social and political past in the Jim Crow Era.
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Ida Wells has been a hero of mine since childhood. This book, though rather long, is well worth reading. It's as engrossing and page turning as any mystery. It provides compelling insight into the character of the times as well as Ida B. Wells herself.
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I'm keeping my "eyes wide open"

We will get your book in Chicago Public Schools...and into the hands of teachers,principals students and book clubs...
all over America...Hope sales are going good for you...especially from Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Phoenix, Arizona...
Bishop Alexis Thomas...senior Pastor...They also have a deaf ministry...I met most of them at the Marriage Retreat in Tucson, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass...very loving Baptist...
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Title: Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching
Author: Paula J. Giddings
Rating: ****
Tags: lynching, women, suffrage, civil rights, ida b. wells, frederick douglass, non-fiction

Ida B. Wells, at least until the publication of this book, was something of a footnote in history, her role in anti-lynching campaigns played down by those who came after her.

Gidding's book restores Wells reputation, in great detail. Actually the book was hard for me to get through. It is long and heavy, not good with my minor carpal tunnel. But I decided to finish the book and am glad that I did.

Wells was born a slave in 1862. Her parents were skilled though, and made an easier transition to freedom than many others. Unfortunately they died young, and Wells and her siblings were forced to survive on their own. Wells lived in Memphis and was a teacher. Black civil rights, gained afer the Civil War, began to be eroded pretty quickly. Wells first came to public attention with an anti-lynching article in 1892, against the lynching of three men, one of whom was a friend of hers. Her anti-lynching campaign helped propel her into journalism, but she was forced into exile from Memphis in fear of her life. She traveled a lot, eventually winding up in Chicago, where she married a lawyer named Ferdinand Barnett and had four children with him. She never stopped working for civil rights for African-Americans and women, and for improving conditions for blacks.

In her anti-lynching campaigns, she investigated incidents in detail, and published the results in pamphlets, while also writing articles refuting that the cause of most lynchings was black male rape of white women.
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