Activists Confront The Painful History of Lynching

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Edelia Carthan stands in silent protest with a confederate flag sticker covering her mouth during the official opening ceremony for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi, December 9, 2017 (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri).

The end of the Civil War in 1865 brought great hope to formerly enslaved people who enjoyed newfound freedoms and little more than a decade of progress during Reconstruction. After the Freedmen’s Bureau was officially disbanded in 1869 and Reconstruction ended in 1877, the South returned to “states’ rights.” This unleashed a reign of terror — which left a trail of lawlessness, mob violence, barbarism, and total sadism — against formerly enslaved people and their descendants that lasted for over 100 years. This reality has been ignored for over 150 years by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), who endeavor to create revisionist history. Yet efforts are underway to counter UDC propaganda, create public historical…

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