MAP OF US LYNCHING – Drashta Gyayak

The word lynching meant punishing someone in public. This map is made by an organization called MONROE WORK TODAY from 1835 – 1964. This map tells about the violence done over the years on Black Americans by White Americans in US. The data for the map builds on the research of the black sociologist MONROE NATHAN WORK, who published biannual lynching, reports at the beginning of the 20 century. His reports have been enhanced with more modern research.

The map shows the location of incidents of white mob violence across the country. Each color mark on the map indicate whether the victim were Black, Chinese, Native Americans or other group of Americans. A time line at the bottom of the map plots the number of lynching over the time.

So in the middle of the century, 40% of all the recorded lynching was done by the people who had undertaken the law of enforcement without legal authority. Yet studies have discovered that it was more often in towns that had a functioning courthouse ,it seems it was just a time of lawlessness. After 15 years of civil war black man had created social progress with the new right to vote (but still not women ).by 1180black Americans were successfully becoming businessmen, property owners etc. In 1186 white people gathers on the street to kill black people outside the law.

So in 1910 this data was compiled by IDA WELLS through news papers. These lynching reports were send to Tuskegee Institute. His documentation, were being read everywhere, and had made the conscience of the entire nation.





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This website is a compilation of work done by students of INDUS University, Ahmedabad. The course was a two week long module where they engaged with mapping and unfloding the many layers of small public spaces in Ahmedabad city. This course was taught by Mansi Shah

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