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By Christopher Waldrep

This booklet examines African american citizens' suggestions for resisting white racial violence from the Civil struggle till the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968, and on into the Clinton period. Christopher Waldrep's semi-biographical method of the pioneers within the antilynching crusade portrays African americans as energetic contributors within the attempt to finish racial violence instead of as passive sufferers. A wealthy number of files is helping supply the tale a feeling of immediacy.

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O’Ferrall confided later that he read the papers Mitchell sent him. Mitchell and the governor had dinner together in the governor’s mansion, a social meeting that violated a strongly held racial taboo and subjected O’Ferrall to criticism from his white constituents, who resented any white man, especially their governor, breaking the color barrier. In 1895, Mitchell and O’Ferrall collaborated to save three black women falsely convicted of murder. The murder occurred some seventy miles from Richmond, in rural, isolated Lunenburg County, a place with no professional police force.

Fortune exhorted blacks to fight back. Whites could only be convinced with their own weapons, brute force. There is more honor in dying like a freeman than in living like a slave, he said. If black men have to turn themselves into outlaws to assert their manhood, then let them do it. Blacks must meet white violence with violence. Nonetheless, he opposed killing innocent bystanders, as anarchists were doing in the 1880s using dynamite, and maintained his faith in the Constitution. In addition, Fortune never shrank from reporting white racial violence.

Of course, Mitchell’s “manly” journey into the heart of darkness was a gendered performance, typical newspaper grandstanding in some ways. He acted out what Fortune could only recommend from afar and thus began his reputation as a truly fighting editor based on ideas of masculinity whites usually kept for themselves. Mitchell also sought political influence, establishing relationships with white officials at the highest levels of state government. He negotiated with governors, forging a particularly helpful connection with Governor Charles T.

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