Lynching Laws

Dalton Nandin, Damon Harris, Arthur Farnsworth

Charles Lynch

Charles Lynch was a Virginia planter and politician who headed an irregular court in Virginia to punish Loyalists supporters of the British during the American Revolutionary war.

What are Lynching Laws?

Lynching is a form of violence that was used in the 1930’s. The term "lynch law" refers to a self constituted court that imposes sentence on a person without due process of law, or not being settled in the court of law. The terms were made by a man named Charles Lynch.

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Lynching Statistics

Reported lynching in the United States indicate that, between 1882 and 1951, 4,730 people were lynched. Out these people, 1,293 were Caucasian, and 3,437 were African american. Lynching continued to be associated with U.S. racial unrest during the 1950s and ’60s, when civil rights workers and advocates were threatened and even killed by mobs.


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