The Lynchings in Duluth

The Lynchings in Duluth Fedo a Duluth native and former correspondent for the New York Times retells the story of the lynching of three black men for the alleged rape of a white woman in Duluth MN in based on newspa

  • Title: The Lynchings in Duluth
  • Author: Michael W. Fedo
  • ISBN: 9780873513869
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fedo, a Duluth native and former correspondent for the New York Times, retells the story of the lynching of three black men for the alleged rape of a white woman in Duluth, MN in 1920, based on newspaper accounts, court records, state files, and interviews with witnesses This unusual Northern lynching received wide public attention at the time, due in part to the fact thaFedo, a Duluth native and former correspondent for the New York Times, retells the story of the lynching of three black men for the alleged rape of a white woman in Duluth, MN in 1920, based on newspaper accounts, court records, state files, and interviews with witnesses This unusual Northern lynching received wide public attention at the time, due in part to the fact that nearly one tenth of the city s residents were in attendance to watch the hangings Annotation c Book News, Inc Portland, OR

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    • Horribly sad. Well-researched and written. Some Black carnival workers are falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1920. That same evening, an angry mob breaks into the jail and lynches them in the street. Some people think this sort of thing only happens in the south, but this was in Duluth, MN, almost as north as you can get. The book asks at what point is a person guilty by association, and it uncovered a story that people attempted to bury for a long time.


    • This vivid account of the 1920 Duluth lynching is both succinct and moving. Fedo's narrative seems the result of exhaustive research into Duluth's most shameful day. His conclusion that the alleged rape probably never occurred and the lynchings were a product of a virulent racism and very little other than the aroused imaginings of a bored citizenry. The conviction of one accused rapist was overturned five years later. While 19 white members of the mob were later arraigned, only two are convicte [...]


    • Quick read on an awful subject. As a Minnesotan and someone who's been to Duluth many times, I was surprised that something so terrible in our state's history had never come up when I was in school or something.The book itself mostly covers the events leading up to the lynching and the rest of that night. The last 3rd is what happened in the days and weeks after.**Spoilers Below**It's never truly clear whether or not any of the men arrested were guilty or if a rape or crime had even occurred at [...]


    • A fascinating telling of one of Duluth's most shameful moments, in which a mob of thousands overtakes a police station and lynches three black men who have been arrested on charges of raping a local white woman. I grew up in Duluth, but my family wasn't from the area. Nevertheless, my white parents and teachers adopted the same "we don't talk about that" attitude towards the lynchings that the locals did. In the early 2000s (2003?) a memorial was put up on the spot of the lynchings, and I rememb [...]


    • I am a life-long Minnesota resident, yet I'd never heard about the Duluth lynchings of 1920 until I moved to Duluth a year ago. I now live across the street from the former jail and a block away from the lynching site, now the Clayton-Jackson-McGhie Memorial, dedicated in 2003. I attended the annual memorial at the site last year and began to learn more about the lynchings from other community members. Still, it wasn't until I read Michael Fedo's book that it truly hit home in all its harshness [...]


    • This book is a narrative timeline of the 1920 mob lynching of 3 black men who were among a handful of men suspected of raping a white west Duluth womanHIPPA wasn't a thing then and the "victim's" Doctor went around telling people there wasn't evidence of an assault. "No matter what happened he had to accept some major responsibilities for this evening. But Duluth was a White city and he'd been elected by white voters who would go to the polls again next year. Tracy persisted, "did you give that [...]


    • This detailed look at a lynching in 1921 in Duluth, Minnesota is horrifying. The cover photo is a crowd of white folk. On the inside, you see it is part of a larger picture, taken during the lynching! The white folk, posing (proudly) for the picture, are standing around three dead black youth! The book says this picture was sold as a postcard at local businesses after the event. The level of injustice throughout is stunning. The boys were lynched for what is probably a made-up story about a rape [...]


    • This book is a true story about an Upper-Midwestern town talking the law into their own hands. A mob of about 10,000 white people wanted to lynch a bunch of black circus workers who were accused of raping a white girl; it was later found out that she made up the rape story. The police had no experience whatsoever on handling the angry mob. The police were given orders not to shoot anyone. Three innocent people were dragged out of their jail cells and brutally murdered in the streets of Duluth, M [...]


    • This book was a requirement for my history of Minnesota class, and very much the best topic we discussed. The book is incredibly powerful and tremendously heartbreaking. It was very well written and researched and was easy material to read although the subject matter was not. But I would recommend this book to anyone!


    • In seeking truth, we must swim in the cesspool of our collective bigotry, hatred, and racism to uncover the depths we have gone, are going, and will go toward dehumanization of life. Read this book if you can stomach horrific acts that were hidden from history much like what is going on today, i.e. waterboarding, torture, executions without trial. History is ever bound to repeat herself.


    • Very detailed account of the events leading up to and surrounding the Duluth lynchings. I would have loved more investigation of the psyches, experiences and perspectives of the Black people involved, but other than that, I thought he did a fabulous job.


    • I read this for school. It’s a fine book. The subject matter is something I would never normally read, and the book is quite graphic at parts. The writing tries to be a narrative, but there is so much info dumping that it still reads like a non-fiction and gets tedious at the end.


    • This is possibly the worst book I've ever read. Not only was it grossly out of proportion, but many facts were wrong. Dates were not correct, vital information mistaken. Better as tinder than as a book.


    • If I hadn't had to read this for school, I never would have picked it up. The only reason I gave it two stars was because I thought it was interesting to learn about something that happened where I live.It's a sad book that makes you doubt humanity. Ewwwww



    • This is a very important book. Mob mentality for sure! I was saddened by the content of the book and that Minnesotans could act that way.



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