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Defending Freedom until Death “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”

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/9780195139273.003.0017
Defending Freedom until Death “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”

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This chapter focuses on Ida B. Wells-Barnett's last years. From the close of the World War I until her death in 1931, she remained the most persistent black voice for justice and power. By that time, however, the Chicago radical was alienated from most African American leaders and organizations and her style of agitation seem dated. In the 1920s, her influence had declined. During her last years, she began an autobiography that reflected a disillusionment born from her sense of isolation.

Keywords: disillusionment; justice; Chicago radical; African American leaders; isolation

Chapter.  7516 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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