Truth Is Mighty And Will Prevail

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1. Wells makes her case by showing both sides of the events that lead to and happened during the lynching’s. “Truth is mighty and will prevail” (1) is the motto of their cause to stop the lynching. Because Wells gives the claims made during the times it gives the readers a sense of what’s actually happening and why, but when she finally includes the detectives findings it is shown that the actions taken by whites were taken hastily and without justice. The true will prevail is their motto because now that they have this information published, the hope is that the people who performed and participated in the lynching’s will be punished accordingly for their actions. 2. Sam Hose; or originally known as Samuel Wilkes, was lynched on April 23rd at 2:30pm in Newman, GA. Wilkes was burned alive on the stake in front of nearly 2,000 people after being tortured in return for his confession of the murder of Mr. Alfred Cranford. His lynching was described in horrifyingly gruesome detail until the very end when the townspeople took personal souvenirs of the event. Wells states “one of the most sickening sights of the day was the eagerness with which the people grabbed after souvenirs, and they almost fought over the ashes of the dead criminal” (10). By the very end of the day there was nothing left, for even the stake on which he was burned had been chopped down, being the largest souvenir of all. 3. The lynching’s in Wells’ book occurred in the six weeks of March and some of April in 1899. The investigation by Louis P. Le Vin took place in mid-April and Wells book was published on June 20th of the same year. Looking at all the dates provided in the book and in her publishing information, it took Wells and her group nearly two months to pre... ... middle of paper ... ...r felonies which resulted in their gruesome death. The Reverend was a prime example of this because all of the counts from white men said he had hired Wilkes to kill Cranford therefore he was burned alive along with Wilkes. However, all the black counts of the Reverend were that he was an honest to go man who would never do such a thing. The whites got what they wanted in the end, one less black man in the south. 10. Wells gives evidence of the local law enforcement trying the help blacks and being threatened with their lives as result, therefore implying that if anyone were to attempt to prosecute they would end up being hurt in the process. One example was when Major Thomas stood up for Strickland and was told to leave town for his own good in result. Even though this man was the Major, he was still threatened with his life just for trying to help an innocent man.
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