`` Lynch Law `` Written By Ida B. Wells Barnett Essay

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The report I am analyzing is entitled “Lynch Law” written by Ida B. Wells-Barnett in 1893. Wells-Barnett was born into slavery in Holly Springs, Mississippi, six months before President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 freeing all enslaved persons held in bondage in the borderline southern States. Her father was a carpenter and her mother was a cook, and were very involved in Republican Party activities during Reconstruction. Both her parents valued education so she had the opportunity to attend Rust College at a young age. When she was 16 her parents and her youngest sibling died from Yellow Fever and she was forced to stop her education to provide for her other siblings. She convinced a Principal that she was 18 and secured a position as a teacher. While traveling first class on a train, Wells-Barnett was told to move to the car reserved for colored people. She refused, and forcibly removed from her seat and transferred to the colored section. She sued the railroad and won, but the Tennessee Supreme Court over turned the ruling stating Separate but Equal accommodations were Constitutional. After this incident Wells- Barnett began a newspaper The Free Speech and Headlight where she published articles on racism under the pen name Iola, protesting violence against blacks, their disfranchisement, poor schools and the failure of blacks to fight for their rights. After her friend Moss, and two of his friends were lynched after killing two white men…

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