The Land RESEARCH topic: Lynching

"From 1882-1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States. Of the people who were lynched 3,446 were black. The blacks lynched accounted for 72.7% of the people lynched."

What causes assigned by whites and justification or explanation of lunching black people include everything from major crimes to minor offenses. In many cases, blacks were lynched for no reason at all other than race prejudice. Southern folk tradition held that negroes were lynched only for the crimes of raping white women- 'the nameless crime'- and murder. However, the statistics do not sustain this impression."

"Local police and even members of armed forces, either could not or would not intervene to stop a lynch mob from taking the law into its own. Not infrequently, a lynching would conclude with a loud, rowdy demonstration among the assembled crowd. The clear message in each lynching was that the mob was in control"

"Other non-vigilante lynchings were also occurring with regularity, such as the hanging of two slaves on July 11, 1856 in South Carolina for aiding a runaway slave, and the hanging of four black male slaves on December 5th of the same year, allegedly for "revolting" against the state of Tennessee."

"By the 1890s lynchers increasingly employed burning, torture, and dismemberment to prolong suffering and excite a "festive" atmosphere" among the killers and onlookers. White families brought small children to watch, newspapers sometimes carried advance notices, railroad agents sold excursion tickets to announced lynching sites, and mobs cut off black victims' fingers, toes, ears... as souvenirs."


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