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The Memphis Lynchings “Neither character nor standing avails the Negro”

Linda O. McMurry

in To Keep the Waters Troubled

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195139273
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848911 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139273.003.0007
The Memphis Lynchings “Neither character nor standing avails the Negro”

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This chapter describes Ida B. Wells's crusade against lynching. Wells had been angered and disturbed for a long time by the expansion of segregation and the declining political power of African Americans. Although Wells had considered it deplorable, lynching was distant from her personal concerns. However, with the lynching of a friend, her eyes were opened and her spirit enraged. Lynching inspired a fury that forced Wells to act.

Keywords: political power; segregation; African Americans; lynching

Chapter.  7968 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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