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AN ISSUE RARELY ADDRESSED BY WASHINGTON (CIVIL RIGHTS.) WASHINGTON, BOOKER T. An Open Letter by Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee, Alabama upon "Lynchings in the South." Reprinted from the Montgomery Advertiser, The Birmingham Age-Herald, The Florida Times-Union, The New Orleans Times Democrat. 8 pages, stapled. Small, almost square 8vo, original white wrappers with decorative border; a few small, sprinkled ink-stains to the rear cover; also several small pieces of old cellotape, unnecessarily (no tears or breaks are noted) attached near the spine, not seriously affecting the text in any way. Tuskegee: Tuskegee Print, 1901
a rare and controversial pamphlet offprint of an article simultaneously appearing in a number of newspapers throughout the South. After an inordinate number of lynchings had taken place in just the first six months of the year, there arose a hue and cry for America's best-known black man to take a stand. Washington did so, in his "Open Letter" which he had published in a number of major newspapers in the South. In it, he declares that he loves the South as much as any white man, and does not wish to have anything cast the South in a bad light. Washington argues that only a small percentage of the lynchings were for the crime of rape, while the larger part were for other crimes, skirting the issue of whether any of the lynchings were just or not. It does seem as though his larger point was that lynching was reflecting badly on the South, and that the South needed to remedy the problem.oclc locates four copies.
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