Justification of Documents
Building Constituencies – attracting support and supporters, moving people to act, increasing the commitment and involvement of existing supporters.
The reason I chose the 20 primary sources that I did was because I felt they represented a good timeline of how constituencies were formed from 1890-1960. These documents I chose reflect both the variety and struggle specific groups and individuals faced throughout the time period. Beginning with Ida B. Wells in the 1890, and ending with the struggles the NAACP faced in the 1950’s, the ability to build support was often met with the challenges of racism and oppression. No other person exemplified this struggle more so then Ida B. Wells. Even though Ida enjoyed a substantial following through her writings of books, and speech making, she still faced threats to her and was even exiled and forced to leave the United States, and go to England. Although dealt this major setback in her forced move to England, Ida. B. did not become discouraged and continued her work in fighting for equality for blacks in the South. In her writing of the Red Record, and Southern Horrors, Ida was able to capture the horrific climate lynching in the South. Because of this work, Ida transformed many peoples perception of the South where before her work many believed that almost all types of oppression ended with the conclusion of the Civil War. As a result of this shift in public opinion, Ida began receiving substantial funding from not only whites in the North, but also from England; whom the South depended on heavily because of their trade relations. Through these efforts, Ida was responsible for starting groups such as the anti-lynching Bureau, and the NAACP. These organizations that were formed in large part because of Ida B. Wells can be judged as perhaps the biggest reason why lynching in...