Lynching: A Weapon of National Oppression (1932)

Much needed historical landscape on the Struggle for Justice & Liberation…

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A map of the Black Belt territory and its surrounding areas. From James S. Allen’s book, The Negro Question in the United States (International Publishers, 1936).

Introduction

In the early 1930s, capitalist crisis compelled participants across the political left to face off against a common enemy: extra-legal, ruling-class violence. Anti-black lynchings and summary executions of labor organizers had risen with the onslaught of the worst economic depression since the late nineteenth century. For the first time since radical Reconstruction – when an interracial movement to battle the brutalities of sharecropping and forestall the full implementation of capitalism in the South was brutally halted by the 1876 Tilden-Hayes compromise and the return to political power of the former slave-holding class – large numbers of white labor activists joined black liberationists in opposing lynch law.

Out of this context arose an analysis of lynching as…

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