The Case Of Jesse Washington

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They killed the men because they thought lynching would bring swifter judgement. Indeed, this contemptuous justice often led whole crowds of spectators to watch lynchings. In the case of Jesse Washington, 15,000 watched as Washington was burned, shot, tortured, and hung. In reality, Washington had been mentally impaired, and was wrongly convicted of assault, but the lynchers thought they were carrying out justice. Furthermore, parents brought kids to lynchings. Parents wanted to teach the same “just” message to their kids, thus indicating that the parents wanted to change society. In the case of Rubin Stacy, children watched as Stacy was murdered, and in the pictures of the hanging, the children and their parents looked intently at the…show more content…
In that way, they argue that the era should instead be the Negligent Era. Specifically, these critics cite negligence towards minorities. According to them, women, unskilled workers, blacks, and more were all neglected by progressive reformers, thus proving that progressives did not truly have good intentions. Wilson, a so called progressive president, arrested Amelia Walker and Alice Paul, two prominent leaders for women’s suffrage, and in turn Wilson hurt the movement. The government segregated blacks, resulting in increased racial tensions as well as the massive Civil Rights movement to come. The “people’s” unions like the AFL excluded workers that were non-skilled, immigrants, or women, thus preventing those people from gaining the support they needed. There is no doubt that these events damaged society. Indeed, in these examples and many more, the Progressive Era was strife with what seemed to be negligence. However, especially in a time period defined by intentions, it is important to separate intentional negligence from unintentional ignorance. When each of these examples is examined more closely, each proved to have the Progressive intent at its core. When Wilson arrested Walker and Paul, he meant to protect society from what he saw to be radicals. Even suffragists saw Walker and Paul as radicals. Carrie Catt, a leader for women’s suffrage, feared that
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