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 hear the tales of the Ku Klux Klan as told by former slaves of three different states - Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri. 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
This week in 1908 saw the lynching of an entire family in Hickman, Kentucky. Caught up in race prejudice and a land dispute, David Walker, his wife, and at least three of his children were gunned down as they escaped the fire set to their home by Night Riders. Using period newspapers, we’ll look at the details surrounding the lynchings, as well as how a local paper tried to blame the Walkers for their own massacre.
Between the Civil War and World War II, the black community, especially in the South, was terrorized by an epidemic of lynchings. As opposed to public executions, the point of lynching was to avoid the court of law, judge and jury. Often times, the victim, in a holding cell for an offense, was kidnapped by a mob before even being arraigned. According to a recent report issued by the Equal Justice Initiate, there were 4,075 lynchings of black Americans across the South between 1877 and 1950.
During 1929 and 1930, an Africa-American scholar named Ophelia Settle Egypt, conducted nearly 100 interviews with former slaves. Working then at Fisk University, she was the first person to ever conduct such a large scale endeavor. Accompanied by Charles Johnson, a black sociologist, she was able to get the former
This week in our look at historical lynchings, we'll focus upon several lesser-known crimes. Though hardly reported, the injustice was no less real. What seems like a crime of passion is actually a somewhat well-planned conspiracy. A case of two black men acquitted of murder were lynched anyway. Another acquittal of
The ties between the rights of women and of slaves were often bound together in the antebellum years. As we've seen, many feminists of that era became abolitionists, just as many abolitionists became feminists. But the progressive thinkers were not the only people making this connection. Many Christian people believed
There are few incidents in the war more controversial than what became to be known as the Fort Pillow Massacre, April 14, 1864. Numerous volumes have been produced, each analyzing (and in some cases ignoring) accounts given following the battle. Many draw upon testimony given years or even decades after