Southern Horrors: Lynch Law In All Its Phases

Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862 - 1931)

Thoroughly appalled and sickened by the rising numbers of white-on-black murders in the South since the beginning of Reconstruction, and by the unwillingness of local, state and federal governments to prosecute those who were responsible, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett wrote Southern Horrors, a pamphlet in which she exposed the horrible reality of lynchings to the rest of the nation and to the world. Wells explained, through case study, how the federal government's failure to intervene allowed Southern states the latitude to slowly but effectively disenfranchise blacks from participating as free men and women in a post-Civil War America with the rights and opportunities guaranteed to all Americans by the Constitution. (Summary by James K. White )

Genre(s): Essays & Short Works, Modern (19th C)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface & Hon. Fred. Douglass's Letter James K. White
Play 01 The Offense Laura Victoria
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Play 02 The Black and White of It Laura Victoria
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Play 03 The New Cry James K. White
Play 04 The Malicious and Untruthful White Press Laura Victoria
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Play 05 The South's Position James K. White
Play 06 Self-Help Laura Victoria
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