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Antilynching Lectures “The disturbing element which kept the waters troubled”

Linda O. McMurry

in To Keep the Waters Troubled

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195139273
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848911 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139273.003.0009
Antilynching Lectures “The disturbing element which kept the waters troubled”

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This chapter discusses Ida B. Wells's lectures on Memphis lynching. Wells had become active in the literary and dramatic circles soon after moving to Memphis. Her journalistic ties provided Wells with opportunities to exercise her oratorical skills at regional and national meetings. Her first lectures outside of Memphis were at National Press Association conferences. Her speeches there and at the meeting the Afro-American League at Knoxville in July 1891 gained favorable coverage in the press.

Keywords: literature; lectures; Memphis; lynchings; National Press Association; Knoxville

Chapter.  7648 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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