A New Commission Confronts the Nation’s Painful History of Lynching

Stephen G. Hall
Sep 16, 2019 - 5:00
A New Commission Confronts the Nation's Painful History of Lynching

The nation’s history of lynching, extrajudicial murders of African Americans from 1865 up to 1960 and beyond, mark a dark chapter in American history. From 1882–1968, an estimated 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States. However, there is no proof that every lynching that occurred was recorded. Much like slavery, which has been viewed as the nation’s “original sin,” lynching is viewed as another dark stain on the nation’s tortured racial past. Determined to confront the...

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