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This booklet examines African american citizens' thoughts for resisting white racial violence from the Civil conflict till the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968, and on into the Clinton period. Christopher Waldrep's semi-biographical method of the pioneers within the antilynching crusade portrays African americans as energetic members within the attempt to finish racial violence instead of as passive sufferers. A wealthy collection of records is helping supply the tale a feeling of immediacy.

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S. government had to formulate policies to govern thousands of liberated African Americans and a hostile population of whites, all with no functioning police or legal system. Historians call the first phase of Reconstruction, from 1863 to 1867, “Presidential Reconstruction,” a time when President Abraham Lincoln and then President Andrew Johnson created largely lenient policies toward the conquered South, allowing southern states that had once seceded from the Union and treasonously disavowed any loyalty to the Constitution back into the Union, forgiving past sins.

At this time “lynching” meant a whipping. With hardly an exception, the entire neighborhood approved, the Messenger writer said, continuing that some crime seemed beyond the reach of the law. When residents of Vicksburg, Mississippi, hanged five gamblers in 1835, the local newspaper defended the killings in much the same way. The community supported the violence, thus making it legitimate according to the newspaper. The hanged men had become intolerable, it seemed, because they had plotted the vilest criminality right in the heart of society.

Fortune respected the Democrats no more than white Republicans. He believed white politicians all put race before their ideals, no matter which party they claimed. White Republicans, he alleged, preferred a white Democrat over a black Republican every time. He would not leave black rights— including the right not to be lynched—to political campaigning. With no confidence in political appeals, Fortune had to look elsewhere for a source for rights. He found the answer in natural law. Blacks, he wrote, may not have all the formal attainments of education, but they were nonetheless the children of God.

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