The First Waco Horror

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

Paperback Published on: 30/12/2006
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In 1916, seventeen-year-old Jesse Washington, a retarded black boy, was publicly tortured, lynched, and burned on the town square of Waco, Texas. Drawing on extensive research in the national files of the NAACP, local newspapers and archives, and interviews with the descendants of participants in the events of that day, Patricia Bernstein has reconstructed the details of not only the crime but also how it influenced the NAACP's antilynching campaign.

  • Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
  • ISBN: 9781585445448
  • Number of pages: 264

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