Extra Resources

icon of 2 books 1. Monroe Work’s reports on lynching

Using an excerpt from his biography, analyze more of the story about how Mr. Work’s documentation became the most trusted source in the country. Read excerpt

Length: 3 pages

Common Core: Grades 9-10, 11-12

icon of 2 books 2. Interview with Ms. Jessie Guzman

Ms. Guzman was a research assistant to Monroe Work back in 1923, and later took on the position herself as the Director of Records and Research. In this interview from 1986, she explains more about the data collection that went on in Mr. Work’s office. Read interview

Length: 5 pages

icon of 2 books 3. How is lynching used in today’s discourse?

Paying attention to the news, it seems that many people today still suggest the idea of lynching, or joke about it. Analyze one of eight incidents in 2016–2018 to determine how history is being invoked: Assign this group activity

Small-groups & discussion: 30 min

Common Core: Grades 9-10, 11-12

icon of 2 books 4. Reflection on the modern lynching of Ahmaud Arbery

Professors Tolnay and Beck wrote a landmark study of Southern lynchings back in 1995. Here they reflect on the news from February 2020, in which a young Black man was murdered in Georgia by three white men. The circumstances are exactly the same as many lynchings from the 1920s. Read and respond

Length: 3 paragraphs

icon of 2 books 5. Printable maps for class handouts

The map of lynchings is simplified and formatted to print better on an 11 x 17" page. These are available on the downloads page.

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Photo at top: students at Tuskegee Institute, 1942, by Arthur Rothstein. This image in the public domain from the collection of U.S. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black & White Photographs at the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division (LC-USW3- 000237-D [P&P] LOT 30).

This photo was retouched for artistic effect.