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March 29, 1917 — It is infinitely more disgraceful and outrageous to hang and burn colored men, boys and women without a trial in the days of peace than it is for Germans in time of war to blow up ships loaded with mules and molasses.

The Reverend Adam Clayton Powell captures the feeling of many – but not all – African Americans as the threat of war grows real. Thirty-eight people, all but two of them black, are lynched in 1917.


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March 29, 2017