Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases HTML version

IDA B. WELLSNew York City, Oct. 26, 1892
To the Afro-American women of New York and Brooklyn, whose
race love, earnest zeal and unselfish effort at Lyric Hall, in the City
of New York, on the night of October 5, 1892—made possible its
publication, this pamphlet is gratefully dedicated by the author.
Dear Miss Wells:
Let me give you thanks for your faithful paper on the lynch
abomination now generally practiced against colored people in the
South. There has been no word equal to it in convincing power. I
have spoken, but my word is feeble in comparison. You give us
what you know and testify from actual knowledge. You have dealt
with the facts with cool, painstaking fidelity and left those naked
and uncontradicted facts to speak for themselves.
Brave woman! you have done your people and mine a service
which can neither be weighed nor measured. If American
conscience were only half alive, if the American church and clergy
were only half christianized, if American moral sensibility were
not hardened by persistent infliction of outrage and crime against
colored people, a scream of horror, shame and indignation would
rise to Heaven wherever your pamphlet shall be read.
But alas! even crime has power to reproduce itself and create
conditions favorable to its own existence. It sometimes seems we