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A biography of the journalist born into slavery describes Wells's tragic childhood, the death of her parents, her years as a schoolteacher, her discrimination lawsuit against a powerful railroad, her years as a progressive editor, and more.
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Grade 6-9-Two accurate but bland biographies of human-rights activists. Both give brief accounts of the early lives of these women, and then focus on their crusading efforts. Mother Jones's personal life is barely mentioned once she begins her work on behalf of laborers. Hawkhurst's tone tends to be preachy with her constant descriptions of the plight of poor workers and the conditions they endured at the hands of the rich capitalists. The dry tone of the narrative and its lack of objectivity limit the book's readability. Haynes presents more information on his subject and thus gives insight into Wells's public personality as an advocate of antilynching laws. However, he, too, tends to proselytize. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions in both books are small, often dark, and, in some cases, poorly captioned. On the plus side, both titles have excellent time lines, glossaries, indexes, and bibliographies. They'll be useful for reports, but few students will have the patience to read them through.
Margaret B. Rafferty, Appalachian Regional Library, West Jefferson, NC
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Heinemann/Raintree, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0811423255