Essay on The Lynching Of Frank Macmanus

1042 Words Sep 1st, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout history, African Americans have been the victims of countless hate crimes; starting from when they were captured from Africa and sold into slavery, to the twenty-first century. After they were emancipated from slavery, African Americans faced racial discrimination that led to many brutal deaths. In the image above, an African American man named Frank McManus is being lynched in front of a mob. McManus was accused of raping a four-year-old girl and was arrested and placed in holding. Before his trial, an angry mob had formed outside his cell. The mob stormed the jailhouse, took McManus and hung him from a tree (“The Lynching of Frank McManus”). Lynching was a common occurrence during this time period and many white people participated in it. The lynching of Frank MacManus in 1882, as seen in the picture, is one of the effects of the numerous religious, political, and social issues caused by racism in the United States during the late 19th century.
One of the most notorious organizations that performed lynchings was the Ku Klux Klan. The KKK is a white supremacist group that dedicated itself to performing acts of violence against African Americans and those who supported them. To be apart of the Klan, a person must be white and practice Christianity. Many believe that the KKK justified their killings with religion. In her book, Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890–1940, Amy Louise Wood writes,
Christianity was the primary lens through…

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