This Ida B. Wells and Anti-Lynching Activism activity & project also includes:
- Legal brief for Ida B. Wells’ lawsuit against Chesapeake, Ohio, and Southwestern Railroad Company, 1885.
- Portrait of Ida B. Wells, 1893
- Cover page for Southern Horrors: Lynch Law In All Its Phases by Ida B. Wells, 1892
- Cover page for A Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynchings in the United States, 1892-1893-1894 by Ida B. Wells
- Illustration with portraits of African American leaders, including Ida B. Wells-Barnett, 1900
- Political cartoon by Thomas Nast titled “The Union as it Was,” October 24, 1874
- Lynching announcements from New Orleans States and Jackson Daily News, August 1919.
- (Warning: graphic material) Photograph showing the aftermath of a public lynching in Columbus, Georgia, June 1, 1896
- Address about Ida B. Wells’ speaking tour in England, 1894
- Letter from A. M. Middlebrook to Albion Tourgée, Sept. 28, 1894
- Letter from Ida B. Wells to Albion Tourgée, Nov. 27, 1894
- Portrait of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, 1920s
- Introduction to The Tragedy of Lynching, by the Commission on Interracial Cooperation, 1933
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A packet of 13 primary sources provides young historians with insight into the anti-lynching activism of civil rights Ida B. Wells. Included are images of Wells, her letters, a political cartoon, newspaper lynching announcements, and a photograph showing the aftermath of a public lynching. Powerful and disturbing, the set provides background information about the push-back to the Reconstruction era.
- Divide the class into groups, assign each a different primary source to research,h and present their findings to the class
- If groups have access to computers with internet, load the primary source set on the devices to save on copying costs
- Have groups investigate more recent instances of lynchings
- One of the resources carries a warning due to the graphic nature of the images
- Presumes pupils can discuss the topics safely and respectfully
- This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
- The packet includes an introduction that provides background information about Wells, the primary source set, and a teacher guide that includes discussion questions and activities