Editorship of the <i>Free Speech</i> “A woman editor and correspondent was a novelty”

Linda O. McMurry

in To Keep the Waters Troubled

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195139273
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848911 | DOI:
Editorship of the Free Speech “A woman editor and correspondent was a novelty”

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This chapter describes Ida B. Wells's journalistic career, highlighting her affiliation with the Free Speech and Headlight. By 1889, Wells was widely known as Iola, the “Princess of the Press.” Black newspapers around the nation printed and reprinted her columns which reflected her experiences in Memphis. Several of her writings eulogized the ideal woman as depicted in the cult of true womanhood. Like many African Americans of that era, Wells felt the need to combat the racist rantings that had become so common in both white popular culture and academic literature.

Keywords: Black newspapers; journalism; Free Speech and Headlight; Iola; Memphis; womanhood; racism

Chapter.  11831 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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