What is mob violence? Well, nowadays, mob violence differs in comparison to mob violence in the nineteenth century. In the years following the Civil War, there was a lot of mistreatment of African Americans. Ida B. Wells, a young African American journalist, investigated and accounted for the violence acted upon the African Americans during the Post-Reconstruction period. Wells wrote about her investigations because she belied it was the "first step to tell the world the
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Americans from the mob. According to "legal history," the anti-lynching activities showed "no success since Congress was unable to pass the Blair Bill, the Dyer Bill or any other legislation that would stem the tide of violence"(40). Even though this is how history is recorded, Ida B. Wells did help in reducing the number of lynchings in the nineteenth century towards African Americans.
Royster, Jacqueline Jones. Southern Horrors and Other Writings. New York: Boston, 1997.