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Ida B. WellsSlide2

Immigrant Stories

Take the next few minutes to

share your family immigrant stories

with your tablemates.

What similarities do you see between these stories? Differences?

Was there anything that surprised you when you went to learn more about your family history?

Connections to

Far and Away


Ida B. Wells

Born a slave in Mississippi 1862

Muckraking journalist

Prominent and controversial civil rights and women’s rights activist

Most famous as a tireless anti-lynching advocate (3 of her best friends were lynched)


felt that one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or a rat in a trap


Discussion Questions


rhetorical appeals

does Wells use in her argument? Do they seem effective?


is the “


” being “


” here?

What is Wells’ argument


How does this compare to the other muckraking journalism we have read?

How does the

diction and word choice

that Wells uses make an impact on you as you read?

What word sticks out to you the most?Slide5

Wells on Lynching

After researching she found that black people were being lynched for such reasons as failing to pay debts, not appearing to give way to white folks, and competing with white folks for jobs

Lynching = Community control

(similar ideas to


rant in

Huck Finn


Do you think Wells’ muckraking on Lynching would have been more or less successful than Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”?

Why or why not?Slide7

Legacy of Lynching & the KKK

Despite her efforts, no federal anti-lynching law was ever passed by Congress.


acism was both perpetrated and combated through subversive, underground means

The KKK was formed as a way of waging

an underground campaign of intimidation and violence directed at white and black Republican

leadersJournalism like Wells’ was a way of combating that campaignSlide8

Discussion Questions

In order to be successful, most persuasive speakers try to establish

common ground

in order to reach their audience.

What examples do you see of this in Wells’ speech? Is she successful?

Wells includes a number of examples of women being lynched in her speech. Taking about women being lynched was unusual.

How does the inclusion of black women change the usual images associated with lynching as well as the alleged motives usually associated with the practice? Slide9

Emily Dickinson


women writers

since the 1830sSlide10

Emily Dickinson

Paradoxical poet

Lived her life in Massachusetts

Haunted by “

the menace of death

” throughout her life

1858-1865 wrote more than 800 poems (!!)VERY reclusiveSeen only wearing white

(she saw this as the color of passion/intensity


Sister discovered more than 1,800 poems after her deathSlide11

Dickinson Poetry

Each table group will be assigned a poem by Dickinson. The groups will then need to illustrate the poem using the main ideas or themes presented, and the mindset of Dickinson.


Illustration must contain specific references to the poem (theme, ideas, characters, events)

Illustration must be in color, not black and white or pencil

Illustration must contain the name of the poem, author, and group members Slide13

Poem Assignments

1: because I could not stop for death (548)

2: success is counted sweetest (550)

3: much madness is divinest sense (551)

4: my life closed twice before its close (551)

5: the soul selects her own society (552)6: I heard a fly buzz when I died (553)

7: my life has stood a loaded gun (554)Slide14

Unpacking Dickinson

Seeing = a source of power

Sight = ownership

Lack of sight = death

“eye” sounds like “I”

Her poems sound like

hymns, reflects a shifting relationship towards religion and a complex understanding of the selfThemes: the autonomy of the self (particularly for women), the exploration of death, relationship to religionSlide15


Read “

The Yellow Wallpaper

” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman,

linked on my website


*There miiiiight be a quiz tomorrow 

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