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By George C. Wright

During this investigative investigate Kentucky's race kin from the tip of the Civil battle to 1940, George C. Wright brings to mild a constant trend of legally sanctioned and extralegal violence hired to make sure that blacks knew their "place" after the battle. within the first examine of its type to focus on the racial styles of a particular kingdom, Wright demonstrates that regardless of Kentucky's proximity to the North, its black inhabitants used to be subjected to racial oppression every piece as critical and lengthy as that came upon farther south. His exam of the factors and volume of racial violence, and of the stairs taken through blacks and anxious whites to finish the brutality, has implications for race family during the usa.

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Those who simply left the state, or who anguished and stayedtheir untold and often unknown stories are a further element of tragedy for those who bore the burden of being black in America at that time. Yet, as this study shows, while black Ken- 23 The various letters, from blacks and whites, can be found in the Bradley Papers. For an example of a letter from a white lawyer, see John H. Early of Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bradley, July 7, 1897; see a letter from Danville blacks to Bradley, July 15, 1897; see the letter from John B.

Two other Republican governors also attempted to end mob rule within the state. Elected to office in 1907, Augustus E. Willson sent the state militia to western Kentucky in an attempt to end the violent reign of the Night 15 Louisville Courier-Journal, September 5, 1874; Tuskegee Clippings, Reel 221, Frame 112; Georgetown Times, August 26, September 2, 1891. Page 12 Riders. During the early 1920s, Edwin Morrow spoke out against the continuation of lynch law and was responsible for the passage of another antilynching law.

Although not always successful, they nevertheless consistently adopted measures to defend themselves. Kentucky always had a handful of whites committed to ending racial violence. The state's first Republican governor, William O. Bradley, was influential in Kentucky passing its first comprehensive antilynching law. He constantly berated county officials for allowing lynchings to occur and for refusing to prosecute members of lynch mobs. Bradley even offered rewards for information leading to the arrests and indictments of members of lynch mobs.

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