Thursday, March 26, 2009

Teaching IDA: A SWORD AMONG LIONS

Heralded as a landmark achievement, Ida:  A Sword Among Lions is a sweeping narrative about a country and a crusader embroiled in the struggle against lynching--a practice that imperiled not only the lives of black men and women, but also a nation based on law and riven by race.

At the center of the national drama was Ida B. Wells (1862-1931). Born to slaves in Mississippi, Wells began her activist career by refusing to leave a first-class ladies' car on a Memphis railway and rose to lead the nation's first campaign against lynching. With meticulous research and a vivid rendering of her subject, Paula J. Giddings, an Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor in Afro-American Studies at Smith College, brings to life the irrepressible personality of Wells and gives the visionary reformer her due.

If you are considering using Ida:  A Sword Among Lions for one of your courses, please order an examination copy.

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