Ida B. Wells and others campaigned vigorously for decades for a federal anti-lynching bill, but they could never get one through Congress. Instead, lynching remained a vivid reminder of the dramatic power and protection inequalities of the South. These very public executions, usually accompanied by horrendous torturing, could never have been far from the minds of African Americans living in the South. As this 1912 political cartoon illustrates, people all across the nation, and around the world thanks to publicity Wells and others garnered, associated the American South with "lynch law."
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