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Ida Who? Or, Remembering Which Ida?

April 28, 2008

Chicago Tribune contributor and University of Illinois-Chicago professor Eric Arnesen reviewed Paula J. Giddings new book, Ida: A Sword Among Lions. Since Arnesen also just reviewed a book earlier this month on Ida M. Tarbell (Taking on the Trust, by journalism professor and history enthusiast Steve Weinberg), I thought I’d do a kind of tale-of-the-tape.

Ida B. Wells(-Barnett)

Born: July 1862
Died: March 1931
Race: African-American
Education: Rust College and Fisk University
Employment: Journalist, School teacher
Historical claims to fame:
a. Opposition to lynching
b. One of the most famous Progressive Era female civil rights advocates
c. Generally ignored by the standard U.S. history textbooks, especially before college.

Ida M. Tarbell

Born: November 1857
Died: January 1944
Race: White
Education: Allegheny College (only woman in class of 1880)
Employment: Journalist, McClure’s Magazine
Historical claims to fame:
a. Opposition to corporate trusts
b. One of the most famous Progressive Era female anti-corporate crusaders
c. Generally remembered by the standard U.S. history textbooks, especially before college.

Did I forget anything? – TL

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  1. Gee, what could possibly account for this?

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