Southern Women in the Anti-Lynching Campaign
Jessie Daniel Ames outlined the following program for women to use to take action against lynching:
Methods of Procedure . . . Mobs . . . frequently give public warning of their intention to lynch hours and even days before the capture of their suspected victim permits them to act. In these instances the Association has adopted a course of action calculated to focus public attention upon the community in which mob action threatens. . . .
When a lynching has been committed, with or without previous public knowledge, state members of the Association inform the officers of women's organizations of the facts involved in the action of the mob. Regardless of the nature of the crime allegedly committed by the victim of the mob public condemnation is given the lynching, accompanied by the request for a rigid investigation of the mob by state and county officials. . . .
The Association proposes to reach every county in the South by delegating to clubs and societies at the county seat the responsibility for: 1. Interesting every organization of men and women in the county in the campaign against lynching; 2. Securing signatures of officers and members of all organizations, religious, civic, and patriotic, in the town and county; 3. Securing signatures of county officials, preachers, teachers, and laymen.
-- Excerpt from Jessie Daniel Ames, "Southern
Women and Lynching," October 1936
12. Describe three methods to end lynching that Ames advocated.
13. Why do you think Ames stressed education over political action?
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