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The Lynchings in Duluth by Michael Fedo
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On the evening of June 15, 1920, in Duluth, Minnesota, three young black men, accused of the rape of a white woman, were pulled from their jail cells and lynched by a mob numbering in the thousands. Michael Fedo, a former journalist, tells the story in a clear, sober manner, weaving a skilful narrative. Using newspaper accounts, court records, state files, and interviews with ageing and often reluctant witnesses, he recounts the small but telling stories of individual participants and observers -- both blacks and whites -- in a manner that casts them as ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary moments of violence and hatred. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the lynching of black men was typically a rural, southern phenomenon. This account of the Duluth lynchings shows that the mentality necessary for such events was not particular to any region.

Author Biography

MICHAEL FEDO is the author of four other books including 'The Lynchings in Duluth' and 'The Man from Lake Wobegon' and has been a contributor to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and the Christian Science Monitor. He lives in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, a place named, not surprisingly, for the numerous racoons that used to frequent the banks of Coon Creek.
Release date NZ
May 1st, 2000
Introduction by William D. Green
Country of Publication
United States
b/w photos
Minnesota Historical Society Press,U.S.
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