map shows all the lynchings in the united states from the 1830s to the 1960s

A research project has created a map which shows all the lyntchings within the united states from the 1830s-1960s.
“The map was made possible through the work of African-American sociologist Monroe Nathan Work who worked tirelessly to document every known lynching that occurred in the US starting in 1908 to the late 1930s until his death in 1945.
Work built a Department of Records while in his tenure at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) that collected research, according to the Monroe Work Today project,” reports the daily mail.
The map allows users to discover the nearly 5,000 lynchings of not only African-Americans in the US, but also Chinese, Italians, Native Americans and Latinos.
Each colored point on the map gives users information about each lynching, including their recorded name, date, location and why they were lynched.
So why do this? Why release this data? According to the website, ‘it was impossible to search the web and find an accurate scope of the history of American lynching’, before the research was published.
‘The names have always been kept safe, but distant, in old archives and scholarly books and dissertations. This site leaves the record open for all Americans, especially high school students who want to learn more than what their textbook has to say’, according to the site.
The map proves one sad theory, african-americans were the most lyntched group in the united states.
These merciless lynchings usually were due to mob violence that came after criminal accusations. Even women were not safe.

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