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Moton, Robert Russa (1867-1940) to unknown

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06068 Author/Creator: Moton, Robert Russa (1867-1940) Place Written: Tuskegee, Alabama Type: Typed letter signed Date: 31 December 1921 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Moton, President of the Tuskegee Institute, reports on "[t]he lynching record for 1921," based on the research of Monroe N. Work, in charge of the Department of Records and Research at the Institute. States that in 1921, "...there were 72 instances in which officers of the law prevented lynchings. Of these 8 were in Northern States and 64 were in Southern States. In 1920 there were 56 such instances, 46 in Southern and 10 in Northern States. In 66 of the cases, the prisoners were removed, or the guards were augmented, or other precautions taken. In 6 instances armed force was used to repel the would be lynchers." Lists the number of lynched persons according to location, race and gender. Also specifies crime charged, with the majority of lynchings taking place against those suspected of rape, murder, or both. Describes the method of lynching according to case. Lists the number of lynchings according to state, with 14 in Mississippi as the highest.

People: Moton, Robert Russa, 1867-1940.
Work, Monroe Nathan, fl. 1921-1984.

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

Keywords/Subjects: Progressive Era, African American History, Lynching, Death, Mobs and Riots, Law, Prisoner, Crime, Criminals and Outlaws

Sub Era: The Great Migration and Jim Crow The Politics of Reform