Truth-Telling: Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells

Other Responses

Newspapers in both Britain and the United States covered the dispute between Willard and Wells in the summer of 1894. Allies of each woman rose to their defense. Below are two contrasting reactions.

Miss Hood's Protest

Helen L. Hood was president of the Illinois state WCTU. Below, read her defense of Willard and her reputation.

Hot After Miss Willard

J.M. Townsend was president of the Anti-Lynching League. Below appears his critique of Willard's statements.

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