Southern Horrors: Lynch Law In All Its Phases

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(4.5 stars; 32 reviews)

Thoroughly appalled and sickened by the rising numbers of white-on-black murders in the South since the beginning of Reconstruction, and by the unwillingness of local, state and federal governments to prosecute those who were responsible, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett wrote Southern Horrors, a pamphlet in which she exposed the horrible reality of lynchings to the rest of the nation and to the world. Wells explained, through case study, how the federal government's failure to intervene allowed Southern states the latitude to slowly but effectively disenfranchise blacks from participating as free men and women in a post-Civil War America with the rights and opportunities guaranteed to all Americans by the Constitution. (Summary by James K. White ) (1 hr 7 min)


Preface & Hon. Fred. Douglass's Letter 4:49 Read by James K. White
The Offense 7:28 Read by Laura Victoria
The Black and White of It 17:24 Read by Laura Victoria
The New Cry 7:00 Read by James K. White
The Malicious and Untruthful White Press 12:22 Read by Laura Victoria
The South's Position 6:33 Read by James K. White
Self-Help 12:09 Read by Laura Victoria


A Very Well Read Pamphlet

(4 stars)

This is a fascinating cry of outrage from an Afro-american driven out of Memphis for publishing an inflammatory newspaper. The point of view, however, is -- ok, you just have to hear it. The two readers do a great job of this.

(5 stars)

Eye opening and great period writing especially since it was written in a more informal manner as a pamphlet.

(4 stars)

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(4 stars)

I believe the reading was abridged.