Ida B Wells Civil War

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After slavery was abolished in 1865, the reconstruction of the South began, forcing African Americans to continue to fight for their freedom and even their lives. It became clear to ex-slaves that the racial tension in the South still existed, making it difficult for blacks to prosper. For someone who was acclaimed to be “the most widely known women of her race in the world,” Ida B. Wells and other African Americans were unable to fully develop sociably, economically, and politically because the racial discrimination in the South. The reconstructive era in the South sparked a rise in racial tension, making it difficult for African Americans to succeed socially. Memphis, Tennessee was a racially divided city that was home to many African Americans of all social…show more content…
Although being a member of the New South’s urban black elite, Wells was extremely limited in developing her social career because of her race. As an “attractive, unmarried women in her mid twenties with an active social life, she often generated suspicion and talk.” Rumors began to develop that Wells slept around, and that her youngest sister, Lily, was actually her daughter. As a result, it was virtually impossible for Wells or other African Americans to reach the top of the social echelon in a racially divided community. Riots constantly broke out in cities where racial tension was high, Memphis, Tennessee being the epicenter of them all. A white mob took control of the city in 1892, and African Americans became targeted and unable to defend themselves. This sparked an abrupt and mass migration of African Americans out of Memphis, fleeing to safe towns. Suddenly, African

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