In the first five months of 1919, five men were publicly burned by mobs in the United States, before crows of from 150 to 1,500 people. Women and children watched two of the burnings and witnessed the torture meted out to the victims. It is generally conceded that one, at least, of the five men was innocent of the crime with which he was charged.
The states in which the burning occurred are:
In None of these states has any participant in the public burning of a United States citizen been punished. Only in Texas were proceedings begun by the attorney general after a grand jury had declined to indict the murderers.
Believing that torture of human beings in public, invasion of courts and contempt for law, the release of primitive bestiality in the rule of mob passion, constitute a grave danger to civilization in the United States, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People presents the record which follows of the five public murders by burning and of certain published comments upon those murders.
Author: N A A C P
Pages: 20 pages
Publisher: Black Classic Press (December 1, 1986)
Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.2 inches