Southern Horrors

That is the title of this haunting exposé (subtitled “Lynch Law in All Its Phases“) written by Ida B. Wells (pictured below), who was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize “for her outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against [people of color] during the era of lynching.” This landmark work, which is also available here (via Project Gutenberg), was first published in New York City on this day (26 October) in 1892. According to this report (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law), nearly 3,500 Blacks (and 1,300 whites) were lynched in the United States from 1882 to 1968. One of the last reported lynchings in the U.S. took place in Mobile, Alabama on 21 March 1981.

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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1 Response to Southern Horrors

  1. Abogada Guerra says:

    Thank you for sharing.

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