At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America

At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America

by Philip Dray
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The knowledge from this book pervades into so many areas---not just the horror stories of lynching and brutality, but also of important historical figures and what they did or did not do in regard to this situation;also, how government officials seemed always to be involved; also, the historical time and its effect upon the situations. Specifics and details are rampant here which adds even more credence to the stories. Its interesting to note that a few of the stories told here of innocents being destroyed have recently been brought up in the media. For example, Edward Johnson who was lynched in chattanooga, Tenn in 1906 (on pages 150-159)was memorialized in Chattanooga in 1996. An court overturned his hasty conviction for rape that year, and his grave and marker were memorialized by the townspeople. Also, another horror story in Duluth, Mn.(in the book also) of 3 men who were lynched by 5000 duluthians in downtown Duluth were recently (this year) given a special memorial ceremony---a park will be built where the lynching took place with a number of memorials built in the park. The book is impressive for a number of reasons including an attempt to find out why...what causes this inhumanity to man. Thank you, Sir, for writing this book and giving these men who died some kind of rememberance and honor--their souls cry out for this kind of memorial. Thank you!