Balancing Womanhood and Activism “I was not to be emancipated from my duties”

Linda O. McMurry

in To Keep the Waters Troubled

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195139273
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848911 | DOI:
Balancing Womanhood and Activism “I was not to be emancipated from my duties”

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This chapter highlights Ida B. Wells's marriage to Ferdinand Lee Barnett. Ideologically distinguishable and temperamentally compatible, they appear to have been drawn to each other from the beginning of the collaboration on the World's Fair pamphlet in 1893. The ideology and rhetoric of Barnett during his editorship of the Conservator paralleled that of Wells to a remarkable degree. Most remarkable was the convergence of the two journalists on the issue of white violence against African Americans. Theirs was a marriage grounded in protest, and news of spread like wildfire through the black and white press. Some asked how Wells would balance her roles as activist and wife, while some focused on the fact that Wells finally had a full-time male protector.

Keywords: white violence; Ferdinand Lee Barnett; Conservator; marriage

Chapter.  7309 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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