POINTS IN PRESENTING PURPOSE OF A.S.W.P.L.
- Homogeneity of
of Anglo-Saxon in origin
agrarian and rural
and traditionally results in the understanding of and acceptance
- Customs and
- The South is
looked upon as a unit historically, traditionally, and politically.
Whatever happens in the South, anywhere, is the act of all the SOUTH,
and is so classed.
- A fairly uniform
public opinion, grown up out of this common heritage.
- Certain actions
growing out of this heritage have become accepted as a code of conduct
generally upheld and sanctioned or condoned by public opinion.
of human beings--and the
of this crime as necessary for the protection of white women.
- Only one-sixth
of all lynchings in forty years have been committed for alleged
crimes involving the safety of white women.
from political and industrial upheaval in society was in chaos which
the law, with possibly a precedent in the Vigilantes committee of
the early pioneer days which were necessary to supress enemies of
society, the South had recourse to illegal methods to restore law
- These methods
so used were not abandoned by the succeeding generations after the
re-establishment of stable government.
by certain classes apparently insecure in their own status.
as a means of personal revenge or to punish certain groups of American
against codes of conduct established by this unstable and insecure
class in Southern life.
Jessie Daniel Ames, "Suggested Points in Presenting Purposes of A.S.W.P.L.,"
, Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching Papers
10. Explain what Ames meant when
she wrote that the "Homogeneity of the South" led to lynching.
11. According to Ames, how did
societal upheaval lead to lynching?
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