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Though the end of the Civil War brought legal emancipation to blacks, it is a fact of history that their social oppression continued long after. The most virulent form of this ongoing persecution was the practice of lynching carried out by mob rule, often as local law enforcement officials looked the other way. During the 1880s and 1890s, more than 100 African Americans pe ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Humanity Books (first published 1969)
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Gordon
Aug 05, 2015 Gordon rated it it was amazing
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Every high school child should read this book. In places it might be glossed over because it is redundant. Lynching was a way of life in America at the turn of the Twentieth Century. As Wells-Barnett points out, although most whites tried to say that they didn't want to discuss lynching because it would drag the reputations of outraged white women through the mire, the large majority of lynchings were done, well they were done because white people felt like lynching or shooting or burning some b ...more
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"Men and women of America, are you proud of this record which the Anglo-Saxon race has made for itself? Your silence seems to say that you are. Your silence encourages a continuance of this sort of horror."
The facsimiles of "Southern Horrors" (1892), "A Red Record" (1895), and "Mob Rule in New Orleans" (1900) act as an alternative archive to reframe the predominance of Lynch Law and the unlawful murder of black men, women, and children in the American South. Wells
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the Robert Charles story is one of the most incredible things I've ever read anywhere.
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Ida B. seriously ROCKS. Like Jonathan Swift, but tougher and fiercer.
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Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931) was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist and, with her husband, newspaper owner Ferdinand L. Barnett, an early leader in the civil rights movement. She documented lynching in the United States, showing how it was often a way to control or punish blacks who competed with whites, often under the guise of rap ...more
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