Ida B. Wells: “Lynch Law in America”


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“Lynch Law in America” appeared in the January 1900 issue of Arena, a Boston-based magazine with a broad audience of white Progressives and former abolitionists. “Lynch Law in America” sums up the arguments of the nation’s leading antilynching activist of the late nineteenth century, Ida B. Wells-Barnett. In this article, she discusses the misinformation about lynching that has deceived the public, and she provides counterevidence that reveals the real motivations and gruesome practices that...