In this edition of our Voices of Slavery series, we hear from Laura Clark. Mrs. Clark was born enslaved in North Carolina. She never knew her father, who was sold when she was too young to remember him. Her mother, whom she can only recall in tears, was sold shortly
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."
While there is no such thing as a justifiable lynching, some lynchings were for particularly inexcusable reasons. The four that we'll look at his week fall firmly in this category.
In 1887, a black man was lynched for marrying a white woman.
A year later, another man met the same
This week, let's take a quick look at two separate lynchings before having a deeper dive with a third. To begin, a black Texan was lynching by cowboys for miscegenation - marrying a white woman. Next, at least four black laborers were killed by Whitecaps in Alabama who were in
Prior to the Civil War, the idea to allow slavery to expand unfettered into the territories had been around for decades. Similarly, the fugitive slave law was as old as the original Constitution. Yet, these demands for slavery's protection did not coalesce into a neatly ordered list of grievances until the
This week in historical lynchings, we'll focus upon three "mass lynchings." In each of these, at least three black citizens were murdered at the hands of white mobs in the name of justice. In each of the cases, the press clouded the story, inventing details from whole cloth. They never
Continuing in our series, we'll hear tales of the Ku Klux Klan as told by former slaves in Alabama.
Formed in Tennessee in 1866, the Klan spread quickly to the surrounding states, and then all across the South. These terrorist operations lasted until 1874, when they were disbanded in name.