- Use evidence from the article and photograph to explain how lynchings were perceived in many communities in the South.
- Closely read the article, analyze the photograph and refer to Lynch Laws in Georgia. What details suggest that many state and local governments in the South neglected to protect the rights of their African-American citizens?
- How fearful of law enforcement and legal consequences were those directly involved in or witnessing the burning of Jesse Washington? In your explanation, provide evidence from the article and photo that led you to this interpretation.
Article: "Taken From Court Room and Burned," Marshalltown Evening-Times Republican, pp. 1, 15 May 1916. Courtesy of Library of Congress
Photograph: Gildersleeve, Fred A., "[Large crowd looking at the burned body of Jesse Washington, 18 year-old African American, lynched in Waco, Texas]," 15 May 1916. Courtesy of Library of Congress