Excerpt from Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in All Its Phases
In “Excerpt from Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in All Its Phases,” historical activist Ida B. Wells discusses the injustice and horrors of Southern lynch laws, focusing especially on the violence enacted against African Americans following the Civil War and Reconstruction Era.
When and How to Pair: Have students read this text before reading chapter 18, in order to provide them with some insight into the history of white women accusing black men of rape in the post-Reconstruction South. After reading chapter 18, ask students to discuss their views on Mayella's believability in the context of the article "Southern Horrors."