Hmm. From what I gathered from the “Lynching” category, lynching had an effect both time wise and region wise.
Okay, mid 1860’s after the American Civil War was is over, the Union winning the war, and the Confederates both losing the war and rights to own slaves. What did these angered white southerners resort to out of both losing their only source of revenue and have blacks roam free as “free citizens”? Yes, lynching. Not only lynching was an isolated incident in the south, lynching was also used in the west through different circumstances. Justifiablel circumstances no less. However, you would think lynching in the west would involve blacks being hung by whites, it’s actually the other way around.
Statistically, 72.7% of blacks were lynched, while 27.3% was white.
Some possible/plausible reasons why lynching was necessary to protect white women from being raped, however, no proof came to justify this action. In reality, lynching was implemented to “control” these newly freed black people in the South since it was claimed they were “getting away with too much freedom”. Turns out, the states with the most lynching (in the South mind you) is Mississippi with 581 lynchings with the time frame 1882-1968, next Georgia with 531, then Texas with their toll 493. In a National statistic, 79% of lynching occurred in the South. The rest, as said previous happened elsewhere. So for lynchings happening in the west, it was mostly due from murderers and cattle thieves. Their weren’t no political links to this event, but it definitely had a mob involvement.
With this going on, some states out right ban lynching. These states would be Alaska, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut were these few states that had no lynchings between 1882-1968. While some states still implement lynchings, but not blacks are Arizona, Idaho, Maine, Nevada, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wisconsin were some states that did not lynch any blacks to record. In revaluation, the only source of political connections of lynchings involved states such as California, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming lynched more whites than blacks. Now mobster involvement. Picture this going on in the year 1918. in May in Brooks- Lowndes County, Georgia.
Walter White was sent by the NAACP to investigate hhe lynching of Mary Turner was one of the investigations. It was believed this was under the pretenses of an abusive plantation owner named Hampton Smith, whom shot and killed . A week long manhunt resulted in the killing of the husband of Mary Turner, Hayes Turner. Here this, Mary denied her husbands involvement of the Hampton Smith’s murder, publicly her husband’s murder AND threatening the arrest of members in the mob. This alone sealed her fate. May 19, 1918, a mob of several hundred brought her to Folsom Bridge which separates Brooks and Lowndes counties in Georgia. The mob tied her ankles, hung her upside down from a tree, doused her in gasoline and motor oil and set her on fire. After this grotesque, and horrific scene, she had her abdomen cut open, have her unborn child taken out of her, and had her unborn child stomped by the mob.
Then afterwards riddled with bullets. It’s safe to say this influenced America in a negative light (in a short perspective), but helped influenced them in a positive light in the grand scheme of things. To help us today to be aware of the horrors of the past and not repeat them.