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Spring 2023


My paper highlights the research of the event and the context and impact of the lynching. My familial connection guided my research and led me to see the positives and negatives of this violent event. The effective use of the 1905 Illinois law against mob lynchings was a state victory. Ida B. Wells and other activists were helpful in this process. But researching the history of Cairo prior to the lynching and the aftermath of the murders, showed that the victory did not impact Cairo sufficiently. The event was not an anomaly once one researches America's problem with lynching at the time and Cairo's racism. Also, the city's downturn in the decades after can lead to a correlation being made between Cairo's race issues.


Course: HIS 130, Introduction to History (Dr. Ben Wetzel)

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