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Lynchings in Duluth

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Fedo, a Duluth native and former correspondent for the New York Times, retells the story of the lynching of three black men for the alleged rape of a white woman in Duluth, MN in 1920, based on newspaper accounts, court records, state files, and interviews with witnesses. This unusual Northern lynching received wide public attention at the time, due in part to the fact tha ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Minnesota Historical Society Press
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Susan
Jun 11, 2007 Susan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Horribly sad. Well-researched and written. Some Black carnival workers are falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1920. That same evening, an angry mob breaks into the jail and lynches them in the street. Some people think this sort of thing only happens in the south, but this was in Duluth, MN, almost as north as you can get. The book asks at what point is a person guilty by association, and it uncovered a story that people attempted to bury for a long time.
Harley Gee
This vivid account of the 1920 Duluth lynching is both succinct and moving. Fedo's narrative seems the result of exhaustive research into Duluth's most shameful day. His conclusion that the alleged rape probably never occurred and the lynchings were a product of a virulent racism and very little other than the aroused imaginings of a bored citizenry. The conviction of one accused rapist was overturned five years later. While 19 white members of the mob were later arraigned, only two are convicte ...more
Tamara Nelson-Fromm
I read this for school. It’s a fine book. The subject matter is something I would never normally read, and the book is quite graphic at parts. The writing tries to be a narrative, but there is so much info dumping that it still reads like a non-fiction and gets tedious at the end.
Mike
This book is a true story about an Upper-Midwestern town talking the law into their own hands. A mob of about 10,000 white people wanted to lynch a bunch of black circus workers who were accused of raping a white girl; it was later found out that she made up the rape story. The police had no experience whatsoever on handling the angry mob. The police were given orders not to shoot anyone. Three innocent people were dragged out of their jail cells and brutally murdered in the streets of Duluth, M ...more
Dan
This detailed look at a lynching in 1921 in Duluth, Minnesota is horrifying. The cover photo is a crowd of white folk. On the inside, you see it is part of a larger picture, taken during the lynching! The white folk, posing (proudly) for the picture, are standing around three dead black youth! The book says this picture was sold as a postcard at local businesses after the event. The level of injustice throughout is stunning. The boys were lynched for what is probably a made-up story about a rape ...more
Patti Emery
In seeking truth, we must swim in the cesspool of our collective bigotry, hatred, and racism to uncover the depths we have gone, are going, and will go toward dehumanization of life. Read this book if you can stomach horrific acts that were hidden from history much like what is going on today, i.e. waterboarding, torture, executions without trial. History is ever bound to repeat herself.
Jamie
If I hadn't had to read this for school, I never would have picked it up. The only reason I gave it two stars was because I thought it was interesting to learn about something that happened where I live.

It's a sad book that makes you doubt humanity. Ewwwww
Margaret
A shockingly real story about the frightening grip of mob mentality and racism. Written respectfully and as objectively as a subject so sensitive allows. The lack of humanity coupled with the few voices who spoke against the crime made me cry more than once.
Shannongibney
Very detailed account of the events leading up to and surrounding the Duluth lynchings. I would have loved more investigation of the psyches, experiences and perspectives of the Black people involved, but other than that, I thought he did a fabulous job.
Jordan
This is possibly the worst book I've ever read. Not only was it grossly out of proportion, but many facts were wrong. Dates were not correct, vital information mistaken. Better as tinder than as a book.
Gregory Roth
Very sad story but well researched and written of lynchings of three black me wrongly accused of rape.
Justin Cardinal
A disappointing reminder that this level of racism wasn't confined to the South.
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