How a Black man escaped a lynch mob — then sued its members

Marjoleine Kars is a historian at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of “Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast,” about a massive slave rebellion in Guyana.

In 2019, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) introduced the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, named after the 14-year-old Chicago boy murdered in Mississippi in 1955. The legislation would at last make lynching a federal crime. The bill passed in the House only to...

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