Lynchings Outnumbered Judicial Executions in South, 1882-1925

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Under a definition that essentially tracks that which the NAACP established, lynching is the killing of a person by a group under the pretense of justice but outside of legitimately constituted civil authority. In the U.S. from 1882 to 1925 according to the best available statistics, 5057 persons were executed under judicial orders and 4497 persons were lynched. Lynchings were concentrated in the American South and predominately directed at males and blacks. In the American South, lynchings surely outnumbered judicially ordered executions by a considerable margin.

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