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Monroe Work Today

This impressive resource was originally featured in the 3-17-2017 Scout Report. Since then, more classroom activities have been added, including one where students analyze how lynching is used in contemporary discourse using news reports from between November 2016 and January 2018.

Born in 1866 in North Carolina, Monroe Nathan Work established the Department of Records at Tuskegee University in 1908. Here, inspired by the pioneering journalism of Ida B. Wells, he collected and preserved information about the horrors of lynching. This website, created by Auut Studios, provides information about lynchings and the heroic activists who worked to publicize and stop lynching. The centerpiece of this powerful website is its Map of White Supremacy Mob Violence, an interactive map and timeline feature that allows visitors to observe the prevalence of lynching across time and region and learn more about each act of violence. As this map illustrates, lynchings, while especially common in the deep south, occurred in all areas of the United States, targeting black communities, Native American communities, Latinx communities, Chinese communities, and Italian communities, among others. This map is accompanied by a thorough Ask Questions section, which explains how the data was compiled, notes the limitations of the map, and encourages viewers to ask critical questions. These two resources would make a strong addition to any American history classroom.
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