Summary Of Ida B. Well's On Lynching

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Ida B. Well’s narration in the book On Lynchings, is a story of a time in history of the United States that encompasses the period between late 1800s and the early 1900s. The author provides an account of experiences in the areas inhabited by the African American racial group together with the whites. Being a black woman, she gives her accounts of events in her own environment and vividly provides evidence of the occurrences. She gives an account of the racial discrimination that transpired during the period of Afro-American persecution. She narrates about the law of lynching that was imposed on the black people to control them and terrorize them to fear and respect the whites. She also narrates the Mob rule that was the way of the land in New Orleans and provides evidence of accounts of discrimination and lynching of black people in the United States in the year …show more content…
During the period of late 1880s, many people were living in extreme poverty in the United States, with the rich being very few in society. The blacks were still under the tough rules of the whites many years after the civil war and its effects had come to pass. Black people were considered less superior to the whites and were considered to be the people of the color. The nature of their skin color being black led the whites to associate the Afro-American society with beastly behavior.2 The horrors of the slavery gave the black people no rights during this period of persecution. In broad daylight, black people were accused of petty crimes and were harassed and killed for the small crimes. In certain instances, black people were lynched or hanged for having an argument with a white man. White people who engaged in sexual relationships with white women were accused of rape without caring whether the relationship was consensual or

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