Eda Harper was born a slave in Mississippi. During a short interview with a worker from the Federal Writers Project in 1937, she shared a few of her remembrances. Discussed are her hatred for the song "Dixie," as well as how she learned of her freedom come the end of
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
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
What follows are two separate interviews with former slave and Union veteran John Ogee. Both were conducted in 1937, when Mr. Ogee was 96 years old. Though both cover much the same territory, the second is more detailed. Having both presented together gives us a look into how former slaves
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, 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
We typically refrain from posting on the weekends, but in some cases, such as the anniversaries of important events, we make exceptions.
On this day in 1932, five black citizens of Tate County, Mississippi were murdered by an illegal mob called up by the Sheriff whose son had been killed.
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
We heard last week the tales of the Ku Klux Klan as told by former slaves in South Carolina. This week, we'll hear the same from Mississippi's former slaves.
Formed in Tennessee in 1866, the Klan spread quickly to the surrounding states, and then all across the South. These terrorist