Truth-Telling: Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells


The story of the conflict between Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells begins in 1890, when Willard gave a newspaper interview about her views on the South’s “race problem.” A few years later, in 1894, Wells republished the interview and criticized Willard for her reluctance to condemn lynching. Their clash attracted media coverage from the U.S. and Great Britain, and continued for over a year.

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