- According to Ida B. Wells-Barnett, what role did the press play in the burning of Samuel Wilkes? Explain whether or not you agree with this assessment using evidence from the source.
- Summarize the Atlanta Constitution's April 24 account of the burning of Wilkes.
- Based on Wells-Barnett's commentary, the Atlanta Constitution's account of the burning and the "Taken From the Court Room and Burned" article, what inferences can be made about Southern society, the influence of media, the role played by law enforcement, lynching both as a specific event and in general, those in attendance, etc.?
Wells-Barnett, Ida B., "Lynch law in Georgia: a six-weeks' record in the center of southern civilization, as faithfully chronicled by the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution: also the full report of Louis P. Le Vin, the Chicago detective sent to investigate the burning of Samuel Hose, the torture and hanging of Elijah Strickland, the colored preacher, and the lynching of nine men for alleged arson," pp. 7-10, 20 June 1899. Courtesy of Library of Congress