Ida B. Wells was a fearless anti-lynching crusader, suffragist, women’s right advocate, journalist, and speaker of international stature. She stands as one of our nations uncompromising leaders and most passionate defenders of democracy. In this blog, we’ll be looking at the historical aspects of the time in which Ida B. Wells lived in. What was the daily life like? How did they dress?
In 1884, Wells had a incident with the conductor of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company. She was asked by the conductor to give up her seat to a white man. She refused and was forcefully removed from the train. During this time, the Civil Rights Act had been overturned by the supreme court causing segregation between African Americans and Whites to be constitutional. In southern states, public transportation was segregated between railroad cars, meaning white people couldn’t sit with black people. Lynching was another thing that happened during that time. The lynching of black people in the Southern and border states became an institutionalized method used by whites to terrorize blacks and maintain supremacy. In 1892, three of Wells friends were lynched. The murder of her friends her to research and document lynching and their causes.
The clothing style was very different than it is today. During this time period had its own “trends” and styles. The women dressed more elaborate. They wore very large hats and overall dresses. The dresses were meant to fit everyone the same way. Drapery was very important. The bustle was a cushion that was put in the back of a dress. They also wore corsets. Women never wore pants or shirt skirts. They usually wore long dresses, like the dressed in the pictures above. Men’s clothing varied on the way the man lived during that time. If the man was a farmer, he would wear a shirt and long pants. Wealthy men usually wore a suit and tie everyday.