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Legacy Of Lynching In The South

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Lynching: the murder of someone who might be considered a public offender. While white Southerners may have considered themselves vigilantes, in reality they were killers with biased intent. In the Southern United States during the 1960s, lynching occurred frequently relative to standards such as today. Though lynchings changed the lives of people directly connected to victims, they also changed mindsets and actions where they occurred and around the nation. Thus, the motives of racial based lynching and the crimes themselves affected people, legislature, and culture in the South for years to come.
Part of the aftermath of lynching in the South was the psychological consequences on the ...view middle of the document...

In reality, there are probably many more families affected by the lynching of a relative.
Besides people, lynchings affected legislature in the South. The mob killings themselves were the catalyst to the campaign against lynchings. The aptly named Anti-Lunching Campaign was a movement in the South from 1880 to 1930, primarily led by African American women, to end the violent murders. Many organizations fronted the movement. Notable organizations that were involved were the National Association of Colored Women (NACW), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Council for Interracial Cooperation (CIC), and the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching (ASWPL) (Dickson, Bruce Jr,). Ida B. Wells-Barnett, a member of NACW and NAACP, played a crucial role at the dawn of the Anti-Lynching Campaign. She fought the Southern violence by writing her views in “a series of newspaper columns, [that] later expanded into the widely circulated pamphlet Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases...

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