The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader by Ida B. Wells

By Ida B. Wells

The broadest and so much entire number of writings on hand by way of an early civil and women’s rights pioneer

Seventy-one years ahead of Rosa Parks’s brave act of resistance, police dragged a tender black journalist named Ida B. Wells off a educate for refusing to renounce her seat. The event formed Wells’s occupation, and—when hate crimes touched her lifestyles personally—she fixed what used to be to turn into her life’s paintings: an anti-lynching campaign that captured foreign attention.

This quantity covers the whole scope of Wells’s awesome occupation, gathering her early writings, articles exposing the horrors of lynching, essays from her travels out of the country, and her later journalism. The mild of Truth is either a useful source for research and a testomony to Wells’s lengthy occupation as a civil rights activist.

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It suggested that it could `relieve the housewife of anxiety' by providing an `emergency meal'. The advertisement thus tied domestic consumption by the housewife's `army' to the image of Baden-Powell and the recent relief of Mafeking. 83 In addition, testimonials by ordinary soldiers appeared in advertisements which brought an association between product and the positive image of the ordinary British trooper. Dr Tibbles' Vi-Cocoa was one product which used personal testimonials by named soldiers serving in South Africa.

The Boer `trick' of showing a white flag of truce and then firing on British troops as they moved from cover was roundly condemned. It was felt that while the Boers were `ordinarily held to be a civilized enemy', the misuse of the white flag `would seem somewhat seriously to discount their claim to such consideration'. Punch emphasized this perspective in a cartoon entitled `The Sullied White Flag', published in December 1899. Here, a Boer was confronted by John Bull, who hinted that the British troops might become ruthless if the Boers continue to abuse the flag of truce.

Before the invasion, the Tibetans were compared unfavourably with the North West Frontier tribes, for while they were equally savage in battle, the Tibetans were not as warlike, nor were they `reckless or daring'. They were seen as `uncouth, unkempt barbarians, but in normal times are good natured and harmless . 51 Here, the absence of recognized military training accounted for their lack of civilization, particularly when compared with the `trained troops' of the `civilized' British army. The Tibetans, like the Boers, were initially seen to lack basic military organization and were frequently referred to as a `mob'.

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