When reading through all of Ida B. Wells articles about lynching I was shocked and it made me upset to think how many men died due to the insanity and brutality of ruthless mobs. At first I thought to write about the article Nellie Bly had written about going undercover in an insane asylum because of the detail and characters mentioned, which gave the story so much life, but I read on, only to discover more despair in the lynchings.
Ida B. Wells articles not only told the story chronologically, but also gave the reader insight into both sides; in this case the mobs and the accused. These articles could have been done in such a way that the reader would have become bored or thought perhaps that the writer was biased, but Ida B. Wells did not do this. She told the stories based off of the facts that were recorded through these processes and turned the story into something that people cannot put down. I was expecting a lot of biased comments that would make me hate the mobs that killed these men, but I found myself making my own judgements based off of the facts given in these cases. In this case, I hated the mobs.
The details in which she described the killings were very in depth, but I think that gave the story a “oh my god” factor and made the reader feel disgusted and mortified that these things could be happening to them or their neighbors. Ida B. Wells in fact made those dishonors towards those men into reality for the world to see what is truly going on.
By: Kat Allen ’12