• A Win in the Battle to Commemorate a Notorious Waco, TX Lynching

    For decades, activists fought for public acknowledgment of the lynching of teenaged Jesse Washington in 1916. Against the current of efforts to suppress the history of racist violence, a marker was unveiled this week. Historians Patricia Bernstein, William Carrigan and James SoRelle were involved in the effort. 

  • Monuments to the Unthinkable

    by Clint Smith

    German and European memorials to the Holocaust contrast starkly with an American memorial culture where the Confederate dead are revered, former slave plantations are tourist attractions, and state legislatures are seeking to ban the teaching of the nation's history in full. 

  • A Lesson in Humility and Justice

    by Imani Pery

    Margaret Burnham's study of lynching and of the legal sanction given to racist violence stands in a long tradition of African American intellectuals who have recognized the need to study society in order to change it. 

  • New Documentary Highlights Unsolved Civil Rights-Era Murder

    Black citizens in Natchez, Mississippi secretly organized for community self-defense in 1965, risking certain reprisals from local whites. Wharlest Jackson was killed by a car bomb in an act of intimidation that was never solved. 

  • Justice Department Closes Emmett Till Investigation Without Charges

    Historian Timothy Tyson wrote in a 2017 book that witness Carolyn Bryant Donham disavowed her testimony that Till had grabbed her and made suggestive remarks before he was lynched. The DOJ has said that materials given them by Tyson did not corroborate the claim of a recantation.