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African Americans Confront Lynching: Strategies of by Christopher Waldrep

By Christopher Waldrep

This publication examines African american citizens' concepts for resisting white racial violence from the Civil battle until eventually 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 lively individuals 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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Nonetheless, he opposed killing innocent bystanders, as anarchists were doing in the 1880s using dynamite, and maintained his faith in the Constitution. In addition, Fortune never shrank from reporting white racial violence. In 1886, a particularly sensational lynching occurred in Carrollton, Mississippi. Fifty white men rode into Carrollton, entered the courthouse, and gunned down thirteen black men inside. The black victims had not aroused the white community into a fever pitch of outrage by committing some horrid crime.

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. This natural law argument suggested that all humans have a natural right to life. On another occasion, he declared that lynching, in fact, outraged the commands of God. The Declaration of Independence, a foundational document in American civic life, also made a natural rights argument, and Fortune argued that governments exist to protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

1 The Civil War, he said, had permanently changed the balance of power between the states 20 Chapter Two and the federal government, making federal law paramount over state law. S. ” Fortune wanted no special favors for his race and had a good reason for stressing this point. In 1883, the Supreme Court had struck down the civil rights statute Sumner had supported in the Civil Rights Cases, alleging that Congress had been extending special and undeserved favors to blacks by passing civil rights legislation.

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