This past week, a video has been making the rounds among Native American social media accounts. The footage, filmed in June of this past year, features a reenactment by the Westmoreland County Historical Society’s of the 1785 public hanging of a Mamachtaga, a Native man, at Hanna’s Town, Pennsylvania.
The Northern Birth of the White Caps
Following the dissolution of the original Ku Klux Klan, a group known as the White Caps was formed in Indiana. Unlike the Klan, there was no central leadership. This was more of an organic movement, each town and county mimicking the dress and actions of
A few weeks ago, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an incredibly well-researched article about a lynching that was to have taken place in Pennsylvania on December 19, 1899.
As the story went, a black worker named David Pierce killed a white man named Sanford White. The day it happened, a reporter
On this date in 1889, eight black prisoners were removed from jail and lynched in Barnwell County, South Carolina. There had recently been two murders of white men in the area. Two of the prisoners were charged with murder, and the rest were held either as witnesses or accessories.
This week, we'll take a look at three lynchings that happened on Christmas Day. One might be tempted to think that racial lynchings would decrease over the holidays, but that was not the case. Looking at the data, there is no detectable change in the frequency, type or reason for
We will take a look at four different lynchings this week - all racially-motivated. This includes the lynching of a white man in an Oklahoma town that banned black people. Additionally, more Whitecaps come into play. In Georgia, a black man was murdered after having "troubles with some white men."
This week, we'll look into three separate lynching incidences. The first scrapes the surface of how confusing race relations were in the 1890s. In the second story, we'll revisit the vigilante group dubbed The Whitecaps. And finally, a double lynching seems to follow an unwritten guidebook.
Between the Civil War
This week, we'll look at three separate lynchings incidences. The first two concern black citizens exercising their right to vote. The punishment of death was often dealt out by self-described "conservative" Democrats against "progressive" Republicans (the term "liberal" would not come into use until a few decades later).
This week, we'll look at six lynchings through the South and Midwest. One victim confessed to a crime only after being promised a fair trial. Another was lynched simply for being the brother of a man accused of murder. Two were drowned (and two whipped) for "insulting" a white woman.
This week, we'll take a look at two news reports of lynchings and whipping in the Carolinas.
First, we'll read about the Winston-Salem race riot that ended in the deaths of at least three unnamed black citizens, as well as a white fireman defending the jail from a white mob