Truth-Telling: Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells, Temperance, and "Race Progress"


In 1892, Ida B. Wells wrote an article about temperance that appeared in the AME Church Review newspaper. Wells argued that, while black people were probably not any more likely to drink than others, the consequences of drunkenness for people who were already poor and oppressed were even more severe. She called on black educators, journalists, and ministers to draw attention to the dangers of drink for black Americans and thus foster “race progress.”


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