Mary Church Terrell's Essay "Lynching From a Negro's Point of View" Published in The North American Review, 1904


[Lynching] Mary Church Terrell. "Lynching From a Negro's Point of View." The North American Review. June, 1904. Terracotta soft cover lists titles including Terrel's essay "Lynching from a Negro's Point of View." 960 pages. Mary Church Terrell was the first African American woman to earn a college degree and advocated widely for civil rights and suffrage. Her capacity for translating the African American experience into terms white Americans could understand was instrumental in building the foundations for empathy still required in the fight for true American freedom. In this journal, Terrell's work is set alongside essays on world events and railroad mergers, her voice clear and calm amid the often overblown proselytizing of well-established white men. "For there can be no doubt that the greatest obstacle in the way of extirpating lynching," writes Church, "is the general attitude of the public mind toward this unspeakable crime. The whole country seems tired of hearing about the black man's woes." Lynchings were public events in the year Church wrote, publicized and promoted often with souvenir photos of the torture and murder of African Americans purchased to be sent as postcards by spectators. Lynching would not become a federal crime until 2022. Shelfwear and small tears along edges of soft covers does not affect the text. Textblock tight and clean.

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