Was It Right? Within the 1920’s there were approximately around 3,496 and counting reported lynchings all over the south, In Alabama there were 361, Arkansas 492, Florida 313, Georgia 590, Kentucky 168, Louisiana 549, Mississippi 60,North Carolina 123, South Carolina 185, Tennessee 233, Texas 338, and Virginia 84 lynchings (Lynching in America). These are just some of the numbers introduced during the 1920’s for the reported lynchings. Lynching was used for public appeal for the people to show justice on the blacks and to punish them so the whites could return to “white supremacy”. At first lynching was only for slaves that tried to escape, it then turned into all blacks, then before lynching was illegal the mobs (such as the KKK and jim crow laws) would lynch different religions and races. The majority of the crimes the people were charged for were fake or over exaggerated, the people that were lynched did not receive a fair …show more content…
Even in 1890 16 black members of a council apart of the Louisiana General Assembly, came together and passed a law to prevent black and white people from riding together on railroads(A Brief History). Most of the blacks were scared of the whites not knowing who was going to lie to the mobs or police to have them get in trouble. Because of this the blacks would take the jim crow laws and would make parts of it actual laws so they could be seperated. Even in a trial to end the lynching blacks went and voted to be lynched so they wouldn't have to live in this life on the edge not knowing what could happen(Ku Klux Klan History) With over the 3,400 lynchings at least 300 of those lynchings were whites only. The KKK (the second version of the klan) would go after whites if they were defending the blacks or even if they aren't following their religion to a perfect replica(Lynching
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Jim crow laws and segregation were everywhere into the early 1960’s almost 100 years after the civil war. violence against blacks wasn't just confined to the years of slavery either. Blacks were still being lynched and burned at the stake INTO THE 1900’s. The KKK can be held responsible for that. This direct aggressive and violent form of discrimination boiled over in 1912, when in forsyth georgia, three black teenagers were accused of murdering and raping Mae Crow, an 18 year old white woman.
Bryan Stevenson, who is an American lawyer, was being interviewed by The Times when he nonchalantly compared the modern day death penalty to lynchings that happened during the times of slavery. The interview was about Bryan’s opinion on lynchings and how he compared these lynchings to terrorism. Although Bryan has a strong opinion about this subject I have to disagree with statement where he compared the death penalty and lynching. The death penalty is made for people who have not followed the law and was arrested for something illegal, where lynchings were an thoughtless action slave owners did to make their slaves fear them and work harder.
This is a interesting questioning because if you look at it two ways you could argue both sides. On one side you had the Thirteenth Amendment which was passed in 1865 which helped end slavery. Then you have the other side which shows that blacks were still treated unfairly. Freed black people in the South were meet by hatred after the Civil War. Southerns still wanted to uphold white supremacy in the South.
The most radical administration since Reconstruction (1866-1877) was that of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal (1933-1945) which aimed to get America out of its deepest economic depression. The New Deal intended to bring welfare relief to impoverished and destitute Americans, although the New Deal transformed the United States and the status of politics at the time – as it refined the role of the federal and state governments, black Americans did not always directly benefit from it as an anti-lynching law was never passed. President Roosevelt’s failure to pass anti-lynching legislation was mainly because of his inability to overcome his political fears. Lack of presidential support does not fully explain President Roosevelt’s failure to
In November 1922, the NAACP ran full-page ads in newspapers pressing for the passage of the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill. Therefore, the bill was passed by a two-to-one majority in the House of Representatives but was defeated in the Senate.” (Source H1, Gilder Lehrman) (Lynching in America, ca. 1926, n.d.)
In the time period of 1860 to 1877, the social and constitutional developments caused a revolutionary change to the social structure of the South, but more so to the constitution. The fight for constitutional amendments became very important to the federal government after the civil war and during the reconstruction era. This caused major backlash from many people in the South, and state governments passed laws such as the Black Codes, which restricted black people’s freedom. As the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were passed, terrorist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) were created to scare african americans away from voting, among other activities. The federal government responded to these retaliations by placing armed forces in the
About 650,000 soldiers died during the Civil War; either by combat, accidents, diseases or starvation. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars America has faced. The Union beat the Confederates over slavery. The United States no longer has slavery and reconstruction follows the war. Reconstruction was different for everyone in the North and the South.
Many reasons lynch mobs lynched was due to poverty, economic and social fear, low education, and boredom of everyday life (Robert A Gibson, 1). The mob serves as prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner so anything fly's, the process yields momentary passions and expedient objectives. Mobs used sadistic tactics such as burning, torture, or dismemberment to excite a "festive atmosphere" for onlookers. The torture that lynch victims experienced would be unimaginable to us today and hard to even imagine. Many white families would bring their children, newspapers advertised, and railroad agents sold excursion tickets to announce lying sights (Robert L Zangrando, 1).
Another controversial lynching was the lynching of Jesse Washington. Washington was a 17 year old black boy who worked for farmers in Waco, Texas. On May 8th 1916, Washington was arrested for the murder of fifty-three-year-old Lucy Fryer, the wife of the white farmer he worked for. Washington confessed to raping and murdering Mrs. Fryer and was immediately transferred to the Dallas country Jail where McLennan county sheriff Samuel S. Fleming took care of him. Fleming wanted to prevent potential mob violence from happening, “at least until the accused could have his day in court” (SoRelle).
Jim Crow Laws The Jim Crow Laws authorized legal punishment for interacting with the opposite race. This led to treatment and areas that were almost always inferior to the whites. “Jim Crow” originally referred to a popular dance from the 1820s, and referred to a black man in an old song. Theologians and Christian ministers taught that whites were the “Chosen people”, God support racial segregation and blacks were cursed to be servants (Hansen 1). Jim Crow Laws legalized segregation between blacks and whites to create “separate but equal”, but this had a more negative than positive outcome.
The south was especially notorious for lynching blacks. About eighty-three percent of people lynched were black. In 1922, "The Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill" was an effort to stop lynching altogether in the United States. The people behind this bill were obviously not okay with lynching, and saw it as an unlawful and immoral thing to do to another human being.
Prior to the passage of the amendments, the African American slaves were discriminated against because of their race because the white men believed that they were superior to them due to the idea of Social Darwinism. In this policy, the white men thought that they were more evolved than the African Americans. The discrimination continued after the ratification in the institution of Jim Crow laws (legalized with Plessy v Ferguson) in the south which advocated for separate but “equal” treatment for the freedmen. The freedmen also were faced with racial violence through the actions of the newly formed Ku Klux Klan who tried to further their racist goals through intimidation. Racial discrimination did not end following the ratification of the new
The word lynching means, to put to death, especially by hanging. Throughout history, dominant groups have used lynching as a way of controlling minorities. Willie Lynch process was effective during those times because his psychological methods started the division between black people. This document is allegedly given three hundred years ago.
Although the African American vote did not really matter, it was still the principle of them having that right that upset the white man. Some of the crimes that resulted in lynching were rape, arson, murder, and robbery. The crimes that could result in lynching started out simply regarding to lynching for rape or any form of disrespect towards a white woman or child. Then, the reasoning would change to make the lynching fit whatever condition was happening. One of the saddest discoveries from reading was that some people were lynched for no reason at all.
Slaves had no legal rights; therefore, there was no way to prosecute anyone who killed one of them. They had to hide their true feelings and lie about their happiness in order not to be killed. They were considered assets of the estate and valued just like animals. They were beaten mercilessly and cruelly, sometimes when they had committed no offense. Slavery is wrong because it take away a person’s true identity, their lives is no longer theirs and is controlled by someone else, whom control every aspect of the slave.