[...] there were fifteen young Englishmen in one party. . . . [who] were as courteous and attentive to me as if my skin had been of the fairest (Crusade 113). [...] when the Memphis Daily Commercial suggested she was simply a "Negro Adventuress" and vilified her work, she responded in her May 28, 1894, Inter-Ocean dispatch that if the same effort to "conceal the facts were exercised to put a stop to lynching," she would not need to rehearse such atrocities (Crusade 169).1 By dissociating her travels from romance and spectacle and insisting on the truth of the barbaric lynching incidents she describes, Wells also defines her work and travel against the fantastic, which, as Hlne Christol argues, often becomes "a crucial literary mode" in the context of the black Atlantic (164).
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