Why was it, mused Mr Ferguson, that every girl in every country town in every county of England who had ever recited 'Curfew shall not ring tonight' well enough to escape lynching
at the hands of a rustic audience was seized with the desire to come to London and go on the stage?
I happened to find myself in a town in which so much excitement and indignation were being expressed that it seemed likely for a time that there would be a lynching
DU BOIS AND MARCUS GARVEY, TWO TITANS in the fight for human rights for blacks, shared one thing for certain--the unbridled rage they felt when the topic of lynching was mentioned.
Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America by James Allen, Hilton Als, John Lewis and Leon F.
In so far as there is a connecting argument, it has to do with the local development of lynching
culture as a local response to alleged social and political threat.
Johnson deserves recognition as the most prolific playwright of the lynching
drama tradition and as the New Negro Renaissance artist whose work reflects an unprecedented and unrelenting devotion to the anti-lynching
2) Early in the morning of 17 May 1929 he became the victim of the state's well-established tradition of extralegal violence, more commonly referred to as lynching
, and his death became part of a larger story of the frequency with which Americans brutally inflicted what they called justice on the bodies of the powerless.
AT THE HANDS OF PERSONS UNKNOWN: The Lynching
of Black America by Philip Dray Random House, $29.
But the exhibit, and a book of the photos published in January, Without Sanctuary: Lynching
Photography in America, mark the first time they have been shown to the public.
Wells's coverage of the lynching
of her three friends in Memphis and the subsequent destruction of her newspaper office.
Plays representing the history of lynching
in the United States are only beginning to be understood as a distinctly American theatrical genre, a type of drama that began to appear at least as early as 1905 and continues to evolve on the contemporary stage.
My recent discovery Georgia Douglas Johnson's "lost" lynching
plays ends a scholarly quest of many years and confirms Johnson's status as the leading playwright of the genre.