Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

The National League of Negroes Taft Denounces Lynching, Tells Afro-American Audience it is Cowardly Murder. President Advocates the Rope for Lynchers

NOT AVAILABLE DIGITALLY Online access and copy requests are not available for this item. If you would like us to notify you when it becomes available digitally, please email us at reference@gilderlehrman.org and include the catalog item number.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09588 Author/Creator: The National League of Negroes Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Pamphlet Date: 2 May 1912 Pagination: 4 p. ; 13.7 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: The pamphlet announces that President Taft was endorsed by a conference that convened on the issue of race. The conference marked the inaugural meeting of "The National League of Negroes" and a committee on resolutions was formed. The pamphlet lists resolutions adopted by the committee concerning race, race relations, and goals for the League. These goals include enfranchisement of the African American population by means of the constitution, civil rights, and equality under the law. The pamphlet also contains an excerpt of Taft's speech denouncing lynching.

People: Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Subjects: African American HistoryGovernment and CivicsPresidentProgressive EraLynching

Sub Era: The Politics of Reform

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources