The Memphis Diary of Ida B. Wells Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is the diary of Ida B. Wells, a black woman famous for her anti-lynching activism during the early 20th century. The journal covers Ida's days as a young schoolteacher and part-time journalist in Memphis between 1885 and 1887. She muses over such diverse topics as politics, religion, and career, along with personal matters including family, finances, and her many suitors. The diary provides a detailed picture of what it was like to be a young, single, educated black woman at the end of the nineteenth century.
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Plot & Themes

Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   minorities fighting for rights Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Black    -   American (south) If this is a culture clash:    -   minority culture living in majority area Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Ethnicity    -   Black Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South City?    -   Yes Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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