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By Ida B. Wells, Alfreda M. Duster

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) used to be one of many superior crusaders opposed to black oppression. This enticing memoir tells of her inner most lifestyles as mom of a starting to be relations in addition to her public actions as instructor, lecturer, and journalist in her struggle opposed to attitudes and legislation oppressing blacks.

"No pupil of black background may still omit Crusade for Justice."—William M. Tuttle, Jr., Journal of yank History

"Besides being the tale of an extremely brave and outspoken black girl within the face of innumerable odds, the booklet is a worthwhile contribution to the social heritage of the U.S. and to the literature of the women's circulation as well."—Elizabeth Kolmer, American Quarterly

"[Wells was once] a cosmopolitan fighter whose prose used to be as if as her intellect."—Walter Goodman, New York Times

"An illuminating narrative of a zealous, race-conscious, civic- and church-minded black girl reformer, whose lifestyles tale is an important bankruptcy within the historical past of Negro-White relations."—Thelma D. Perry, Negro historical past Bulletin

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He was never whipped or put on the auction block, and he knew little of the cruelties of slavery. When young Jim was eighteen years old, his father took him to Holly Springs and apprenticed him to learn the carpenter's trade, which he expected him to use on the plantation. My motherS was cook to old man Bolling, the contractor and builder to whom my father was apprenticed. She was born in Virginia and was one of ten children. She and two sisters were sold to slave traders when young, and were taken to Mississippi and sold again.

She knew very well that I had no money with which to do so. I thought long over the matter, then wrote a letter to Mr. Robert Church of Memphis, Tennessee, asking for the loan of $ r 50 with which to return. I told him the circumstances of my condition-that although he did not know me he could find out by reference to the board of education that I was a teacher in the public schools and would thus be able to repay the money. I told him that I wrote to him because he was the only man of my race that I knew who could lend me that much money and wait for me to repay it.

I thought long over the matter, then wrote a letter to Mr. Robert Church of Memphis, Tennessee, asking for the loan of $ r 50 with which to return. I told him the circumstances of my condition-that although he did not know me he could find out by reference to the board of education that I was a teacher in the public schools and would thus be able to repay the money. I told him that I wrote to him because he was the only man of my race that I knew who could lend me that much money and wait for me to repay it.

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