Black woman reformer : Ida B. Wells, lynching, and transatlantic activism / Sarah L. Silkey.Material type: TextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Athens, GA : The University of Georgia Press, Copyright date: ©2015Description: 1 online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780820346922; 0820346926Other title: Ida B. Wells, lynching, and transatlantic activismSubject(s): African American women -- Biography | African American women civil rights workers -- Biography | African American women social reformers -- Biography | Lynching -- United States -- Foreign public opinion, British | Civil rights workers -- United States -- Biography | Social reformers -- United States -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Black woman reformerDDC classification: 323.092 LOC classification: E185.97.W55 | S55 2014Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
British responses to American lynching -- The emergence of a transatlantic reformer -- The struggle for legitimacy -- Building a transatlantic debate on lynching -- American responses to British protest -- A transatlantic legacy.
Print version record.
During the early 1890s, a series of shocking lynchings brought unprecedented international attentionto racially motivated American mob violence. This interest created an opportunity for Ida B. Wells, an African American journalist and civil rights activist from Memphis, to travel to England to cultivate British moral indignation against American lynching. Wells adapted race and gender roles established by African American abolitionists in Britain to legitimate her activism as a "black lady reformer"--A role American society denied her - and to assert her right to defend her race from abroad. Black Woman Reformer by Sarah Silkey explores Wells's 1893-94 antilynching campaigns within the broader contexts of nineteenth-century transatlantic reform networks and debates about the role of extralegal violence in American society. Through her speaking engagements, newspaper interviews, and the efforts of her British allies, Wells altered the framework of public debates of lynching in both Britain and the United States. As British criticism of lynching mounted, southern political leaders desperate to maintain positive relations with choose weather to publicly defend or decry lynching. Although British moral pressure and media attention did not end lynching, the international scrutiny generated by Well's campaigns transformed our understanding of racial violence and made American communities increasingly reluctant to embrace lynching-- Dust jacket.