Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in by Tameka Bradley Hobbs

By Tameka Bradley Hobbs

“Hobbs reveals 4 lynchings which are severe to the certainty of the origins of civil rights in Florida. The oral histories from the sufferers’ households and people within the groups make this a important contribution to African American, Florida, and civil rights history.”—Derrick E. White, writer of The problem of Blackness
“A compelling reminder of simply how troubling and violent the light State’s racial previous has been. A needs to read.”—Irvin D.S. Winsboro, editor of Old South, New South, or Down South?
Florida is usually considered as an unusual southern state—more revolutionary and culturally diverse—but, whilst tested in percentage to the variety of African American citizens, it suffered extra lynchings than any of its Deep South associates in the course of the Jim Crow era.
Investigating this darkish interval of the state’s historical past and concentrating on a rash of anti-black violence that came about in the course of the Nineteen Forties, Tameka Hobbs explores the explanations why lynchings endured in Florida once they have been beginning to wane somewhere else. She contextualizes the murders in the period of global struggle II, contrasting the need of the us to broadcast the advantages of its democracy in another country whereas at domestic it struggled to supply criminal defense to its African American citizens.
As involvement within the international battle deepened and rhetoric opposed to Axis powers heightened, the nation’s leaders grew to become more and more conscious of the blemish left through extralegal violence on America’s popularity. finally, Hobbs argues, the foreign implications of those 4 murders, besides different antiblack violence round the country, elevated strain not just on public officers in Florida to guard the civil rights of African americans within the kingdom but in addition at the federal executive to develop into extra energetic in prosecuting racial violence. 

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15 The fact that the armed forces mandated racial segregation was clear evidence of hypocrisy, a point that was not lost on the Axis powers or black Americans. Furthermore, the horror stories shared by black men and women as they attempted to volunteer for service or complete their training significantly undermined the 40 Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home morale of both black soldiers and citizens. Phillip McGuire’s research on the experience of African American soldiers demonstrates that black soldiers were humiliated, despised, denied regular army privileges, insulted by post commanders, subjected to military and civilian police brutality, accused of crimes they did not commit, constrained by traditional mores, unfairly discharged from military service, denied adequate medical services, court-martialed excessively, and denied adequate entertainment.

Gadsden County was the center of it all, with 173 of 211 shade tobacco farms located in the Georgia-Florida District.

The affair represented the beginning of a series of tense confrontations between local, state, and federal officials over the continued racial violence against African Americans in the state. On the one Arthur C. Williams, Gadsden County, 1941 37 hand, state leaders like Holland wrestled with the national criticism and demands for investigations and prosecutions when lynchings occurred. ” This was a serious concern for southerners, especially given the changes brought by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs and by civil rights protests.

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