Wells was a journalist and antilynching
crusader who risked her safety to expose the truths about why black men and boys were lynched.
Upon his return to Washington, he proposed an antilynching
law to Congress.
Furthermore, the repeated rejection of antilynching
Proposing a revised history of American art, "America Is Hard to See" mixes perennial favorites (Alexander Calder's Circus, 1926-31; Edward Hopper's Early Sunday Morning, 1930) with rarely seen works, such as an antilynching
print Jose Clemente Orozco made while visiting the US in 1933 and a 1967 Vietnam War protest drawing by Judith Bernstein, in which military tombstones have been refashioned into phallic silhouettes crowned with American flags.
172) Garland, supra note 165, at 34-35 ("the contemporary American death penalty has, in important respects been designed to be an antilynching
Because states offered very little refuge for blacks from lynch mobs, antilynching
activists turned to the federal government.
But before his overt campaign against American lynching culture was curtailed by censorship, Hughes entered into his most prolific period of antilynching
Bold but uneven activism, including efforts of the NACW and other women's groups (which generated a certain gender anxiety from conservative male leaders), coalesced in the NAACP's antilynching
For instance, a commentary on racial intolerance, the ironically tilled and incisive lithograph Southern Holiday (1935, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York) appeared in two antilynching
exhibitions the year that it was made; Southern Holiday shows a muscular, naked, cast rated African American man lied to a broken column.
In the pages of this impressive and deftly argued work, Raiford carefully examines the critical, yet at times contradictory role that photography played in three twentieth-century African American social movements: antilynching
, civil rights, and Black Power.
Byrnes was a staunch segregationist who led the successful filibuster against the antilynching
law and declined the nomination because he was afraid his opinions would cost the Detnocrats Northern votes.
David Margolick, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, is the author of four previous works of history and biography, including Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song (2001), an account of Billie Holiday's groundbreaking antilynching
ballad; Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs.