In 1894, Callie Guy House, a formerly enslaved woman, organized efforts to petition the US government for wages for unpaid slave labor. In the early 20th century, white southern women who were anti-lynching activists utilized a network of women’s groups and confronted not only lynch mobs but also racial and gender norms, in an era that rationalized murder.

Dr. Mary Frances Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

“Southern White Women and the Anti-Lynching Movement: Confronting the ‘Fury of the Mob’ ”
Dr. Paula K. Hinton is Associate Professor of History at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.



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