Unit 4: Assignment 1- Anti-Lynching and Women’s Suffrage Activism

By Lilly Sandoval

There doesn’t seem to be any religious affiliation that Mary Church Terrell that guide her work. Yet Ida B. Wells had some religious association that motivated her work in women’s suffrage and anti-lynchnig activism. Their upbringing was a bit different, Ida B Wells had been in slavery in her earlier years and freed due to the Emancipation Proclamation. While Terrel’s parents were the ones who were former slaves. Both women had been educators for some time and became key players in womens suffrage activism and anti-lynching activism.

Within their texts they each mention a different type of violence. Ida B. Wells writes more on the physical violence and terrors which had occurred.There was no sense of law at this time, where those of a higher class to the la into their own hands and killed thousands of people of color.  While Terrell had written more on the discrimination people of color had experienced within their own communities, focused in Washington. Where there were little to no opportunities for people of color, even if they had the talent, work ethic, ambition and character. The only positions that could possibly be open to them were all the menial work. Both situations that the authors display demonstrate discrimination, and they each had a sense of mob mentality which overpowered the marginalized groups and forced them into suppression. 

Based on their focus in their writing, it seems that there might be more support from white women within Terrell’s piece. Due to the fact that there were educators offering renditions of the kindergartners work. While in Wells’ work there seemed to be no sympathy or support towards any person of color. There seems to be a call to action in Wells’ writing which seems to be a cry to stop the lynchings before they spread outside our nation and hurt more people.

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