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The First Waco Horror: The Lynching of Jesse Washington and the Rise of the NAACP

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In 1916, in front of a crowd of ten to fifteen thousand cheering spectators watched as seventeen-year-old Jesse Washington, a retarded black boy, was publicly tortured, lynched, and burned on the town square of Waco, Texas. He had been accused and convicted in a kangaroo court for the rape and murder of a white woman. The city's mayor and police chief watched Washington's torture and murder and did nothing. Nearby, a professional photographer took pictures to sell as mementos of that day. The stark story and gory pictures ...

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The First Waco Horror: The Lynching of Jesse Washington and the Rise of the NAACP
2006, Texas A&M University Press

ISBN-13: 9781585445448

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The First Waco Horror: The Lynching of Jesse Washington and the Rise of the NAACP
2005, Texas A&M University Press

ISBN-13: 9781585444168

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