THE MEMPHIS DIARY OF IDA B. WELLS.
Edition: First printing.
Boston: Beacon Press, (1994) dj. Hardcover first edition - Ida Wells, an African American journalist, suffragist and co-founder of the NAACP, is probably best known as a leader of an antilynching crusade in the 1890s. She was born into slavery, orphaned at 16 and worked as a teacher to support her younger siblings. While Wells wrote an autobigraphy that documented her public life, the diary reproduced in this book is one she kept as a young woman, from 1885 to 1887, when she lived in boardinghouses when she was struggling to get her articles published. "The entries provide a unique look at the life of an independent, unmarried African American woman coping with financial hardships, romantic entanglements, sexism and racism." This volume also includes Wells's shorter 1893 travel diary and 1930 Chicago diary as well as selections from her published writing. Also included are a foreword by Mary Helen Washington, editor's note and afterword by Dorothy Sterling. A title in the Black Women Writers Series. Illustrated with photographs. Bibliography and index. xxiv, 214 pp. ISBN: 0-807070645.
Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket. Uncommon in the hardcover first edition.