Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells

Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells

Called “a dangerous negro agitator” by the FBI, and a “brave woman” by Frederick Douglass, an inspiring biography of the American pioneer by Ida B. Wells’s great-granddaughter, Michelle Duster.

Winner of a 2020 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, Ida B. Wells was born enslaved in Holly Springs, Mississippi, in 1862. In this inspiring and accessible biography, Duster tells the incredible story of Wells’s life, including stories from her childhood in Mississippi, her famous refusal to give up her seat on a ladies’ train car in Memphis, and her later work as a pioneering journalist and anti-lynching crusader.

Overlooked and underestimated, Wells would single-handedly change the course of American history and come to inspire millions. Ida B. the Queen shines a bright light on one of the most extraordinary women in history.

Title:Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells
ISBN:9781982129811
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    Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells Reviews

  • Rosa Sealy

    Ida B. the Queen started promising and turned into a disappointment. Ida is a phenomenal figure in history that doesn't get enough recognition. I was hoping to recommend this to others but it falls sh...

  • Elisheva

    The summary on the back of the book led me to believe that the book was a biography of Ida B. Wells. However, the book was more of a contextualization of Wells' activism within the larger context Amer...

  • Amanda Hupe

    Thank you, Goodreads, Atria Books, and Michelle Duster for the opportunity to read this book!Ida B Wells is one of the most extraordinary women in history and she doesn’t nearly get enough recogniti...

  • Elizabeth A.G.

    Written by her great-granddaughter, this book is more than a biography of journalist, civil and political rights advocate, suffragist, and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells, but also a historical pe...

  • Caroline Craig David

    I have always admired Ida B. Wells. She is inspiring for so many reasons and I find myself looking to her as one of the greatest feminists and equal rights activists ever. But this book didn't do it f...

  • Sharon Huether

    Ida grew up the eldest of eight children, Her parents were slaves.Ida was front and center when it came to racial issues.Ida published her concerns in the Evening Star and wrote in The Living way.She ...

  • Madalyn (booksandcatsandnaps)

    Ida B. was a phenomenal figure in history and I was excited to start this book. However, this was less of a fully fleshed out biography and more of a non-linear summarization of her life. This is a go...

  • Erricka Hager

    Eek, this is such a difficult review to write. Sadly my expectations for this book were very high and Ida B. the Queen never reached them. Like my fellow reviewers, I struggled with deciphering what e...

  • Teresa

    Last night I was able to attend a Zoom presentation through Politics & Prose to hear the author, Michelle Duster, Ida B's great granddaughter, speak. She was thoughtful, articulate and insightful in d...

  • Victoria Law

    I hadn't realized that this was a middle grade book. It is a valuable introduction to young people who may not know about IDA B WELLS-Barnett. Duster makes sure to tie Wells' legacy to future struggle...