Lynching and Ida B. Wells

Lynching And Ida B. Wells

    "Within the last twelve months there have been more Negroes murdered single-handed, three to one, than in any previous year since 1872, even including the four years under Democratic rule.” (George E. Taylor, A National Appeal, 1892)

    "…if the head of this government can not control the laws then we have no laws so we have got to protect ourselves…” (A.H. Davis to Tourgee in 1892, commenting on a response she received to a letter she addressed to President Benjamin Harrison)

For people like Tourgee and Wells, reform did not always necessitate a change in the law, but rather the enforcement of existing laws where the facts revealed a blatant disregard.


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8 African Americans Lynched in South Carolina 8 African Americans Lynched in South Carolina

In December, 1889, eight African American men were taken out of jail cells ... read more

Community urged not to retaliate Community urged not to retaliate

Though urged not to retaliate with hostility for the brutal acts committed ... read more

Helen Brayton updates Tourgee on fund progress Helen Brayton updates Tourgee on fund progress

In a subsequent letter Brayton thanks Tourgée for his help in getting the ... read more

African Americans turn to Tourgee as a friend African Americans turn to Tourgee as a friend

The mounting sense of fear, frustration and despair among African Americans ... read more

Many white citizens also outraged at treatment Many white citizens also outraged at treatment

But there were also many white citizens who saw the unjust and inhumane tre ... read more

Safety Among African Americans eroding Safety Among African Americans eroding

In this hostile environment, safety and security among African Americans wa ... read more

National Liberty Party Established National Liberty Party Established

Disillusioned with the Republican Party, many tried to reform the Democrati ... read more

African American Newspaper Network African American Newspaper Network

African American newspaper writers and editors utilized their network throu ... read more

Tourgee advises T. Fortune re: National Citizen Tourgee advises T. Fortune re: National Citizen

By November of that year, Thomas Fortune must have been more seriously cont ... read more

Others sources of info on lynchings Others sources of info on lynchings

In addition to local newspapers, Tourgée received information on lynching ... read more

African Americans used as scapegoats African Americans used as scapegoats

African Americans were increasingly becoming scapegoats for and victims of ... read more

Several letters describe outrage over lynching Several letters describe outrage over lynching

Among the several letters received by Tourgée in relation to this one inci ... read more

C. T. Wetherby writes Tourgee re: Smith lynching C. T. Wetherby writes Tourgee re: Smith lynching

Another letter from C. T. Wetherby, a law student at the University of Mich ... read more

Even children understood the inequalities Even children understood the inequalities

And finally, it is apparent, the incongruities of the legal system as well ... read more

The Federal Government response was mute The Federal Government response was mute

The federal government response to these various acts of violence was essen ... read more

Does US President have power to stop lynchings? Does US President have power to stop lynchings?

Walker Carter writing in May 1892 asks Tourgée whether or not the Presiden ... read more

Tourgée advocates public pressure Tourgée advocates public pressure

In Tourgée’s view, public pressure would have been the most effective an ... read more

Ida B. Wells Ida B. Wells

The “English Committee” to which Middlebrook refers is the London Anti- ... read more

Wells exposed to lynching firsthand Wells exposed to lynching firsthand

In March 1892, Wells was exposed to the horrors of lynching firsthand when ... read more

Wells became a lifelong activist Wells became a lifelong activist

After the murder of her friend, Wells became a lifelong activist against th ... read more

Wells seeks Tourgee's counsel on libel suit Wells seeks Tourgee's counsel on libel suit

In February, 1893, Wells sent two letters to Tourgée from Boston, Massachu ... read more

Why the Colored American Is Not in the Exposition Why the Colored American Is Not in the Exposition

Soon after, Wells published a pamphlet titled “The Reason Why the Colored ... read more

Tourgee's criticisms of Republicans echoed Tourgee's criticisms of Republicans echoed

Wells goes on in the letter to tell Tourgée that she is enclosing a copy o ... read more

Tourgée helps Wells get published Tourgée helps Wells get published

Ida B. Wells travels to England to give a series of speeches on the topic o ... read more

The Columbian Exposition The Columbian Exposition

The Columbian Exposition of 1893 was an opportunity for many different grou ... read more

 Tourgee tries to balance issues seeking support Tourgee tries to balance issues seeking support

Like Frederick Douglass, Tourgée faced criticisms in trying to balance imp ... read more

The means to an end may change The means to an end may change

Tourgée seems to be arguing that the end is never altered, but that the me ... read more

Woman's Era, 1st Newspaper for African Americans Woman's Era, 1st Newspaper for African Americans

Woman's Era, the country's first newspaper published by and for African-Ame ... read more

Willard favors Temperance vs Wells Civil Rights Willard favors Temperance vs Wells Civil Rights

One cause that was seen as a source of friction in any attempts to forge al ... read more

Willard responds to Tourgee's public opinion Willard responds to Tourgee's public opinion

The next month, Tourgée received a letter from Willard, apparently her res ... read more

Willard defend her own personal record on racism Willard defend her own personal record on racism

Willard went on to defend her own personal record on the issue of racism, c ... read more

Over 5,000 documented cases of lynching occurred Over 5,000 documented cases of lynching occurred

Between roughly 1860 and 1960, over 5,000 documented cases of lynching took ... read more

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