3:35pm ET - Earlier this month the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, released a report on the
history of lynchings in the United States, the report is the result of five
years of research and its authors compiled an inventory of 3,959 victims of
racial terror lynchings in 12 Southern states from 1877 to 1950. However according to William D. Carrigan, a professor of history at Rowan University,
although the recent report is a welcome contribution to the struggle over
American collective memory, and few groups have suffered more systematic
mistreatment, abuse and murder than African-Americans, one dimension of mob
violence that is often overlooked, however, is that lynchers targeted many
other racial and ethnic minorities in the United States as well, including
Native Americans, Chinese and, especially, Mexicans. Professor Carrigan joins us today discuss the
history of American lynch mobs targeting Mexicans from the mid-19th century
until well into the 20th century.
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