Ida B. Wells vs. Frances Willard: Getting to the truth of a failure to fight racial injustice

In the battle for women’s suffrage, the racial divide of the past is prologue to today’s struggles. Society does not move forward without facing difficult truths and learning hard lessons.

With more than a year to go to the 100th anniversary of American women earning the right to vote, it already is clear that one theme of the centennial celebration will be — and should be — a reckoning.

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