Lynch Law in Georgia & Other Writings is a collection of often neglected anti-lynching pamphlets by Ida B. Wells, the most dynamic anti-lynching activist in American History. Edited and introduced by Matthew Quest, this important collection of Ida B. Wells’s 1899-1920 anti-lynching pamphlets reflects a transition toward viewing lynchings as attacks on the potential of insurgent Black workers who defended and organized themselves for emancipation.
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“Ida B. Wells offers a model of radical intellectual activism that a new generation needs to know about.…Lynch Law in Georgia & Other Writings brings forward again the work of a Black woman activist who provided leadership for a number of allied struggles for women’s rights and Black human rights.”
— Carole Boyce Davies, author of Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones.
“This powerfully written and politically unapologetic introduction by Matthew Quest transforms our understanding of Ida B. Wells’s crusade against lynching and passion for justice. Quest appreciates Wells as one of the most radical black activist-intellectuals of her day, who understood white supremacy, racial terror, and empire as foundational to American civilization and that the struggle for the full freedom of African Americans and democracy required in no uncertain terms transformative social change. What an important lesson for us today.”
— Erik S. McDuffie, author of Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism.