Facing Down Storms: Memphis and the Making of Ida B. Wells
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Facing Down Storms: Memphis and the Making of Ida B. Wells explores how the unique cultural and social atmosphere of late 19th century Memphis, Tenn. indelibly shaped Ida B. Wells as a journalist and activist. The 1892 lynchings of three men, including a dear friend of Wells, fueled her zealous efforts to combat the widespread acceptance of the lynching of African Americans in the United States. Wells used the power of journalism to expose to international audiences the injustices of the rising practice of lynching: a form of extralegal execution often taking the form of mob violence against African Americans.