W.T. Anderson's Efforts to Aid in Georgia's Advancement After the Civil War
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As editor of the Macon Telegraph from 1914 through 1940 , W.T. Anderson saw cities throughout the Southern United States, such as Macon, characterized by sheer bedlam and agonizing dejection following the Civil War. He sought to advertise the state of Georgia and the city of Macon as progressive and reformed in order to attract the northern investors and capital necessary to revitalize the region. Reforming state institutions and social climate, or at the very least creating and maintaining the façade of Southern progressivism, became the primary focus of the Telegraph. Following his arrival in 1914, Anderson took a progressive stance on lynching, a heinous act which both made a mockery of the judicial system and race relations, in order to aid economic and industrially advancement of the South, in particular Georgia, during this era.
Lynchings were commonplace, yet one of the most heinous acts of mob justice dealt out in the Jim Crow era. Between the years 1880 and 1930, 3,343 lynchings occurred in the United States. Eighty percent of lynchings occurred in the American South with the majority of these occurring in Mississippi and Georgia (Manis 56). Macon was not an exception to the outburst of lynchings. Six known lynchings occurred in Bibb County: one in 1880’s, one in the 1890’s, one in 1912, and three in years spanning from 1918 to 1922 (Manis 57). The three lynchings that occurred from 1918 to 1922 came at a time when returning WW1 veterans, exposed to entirely