Read the passage below. Summarize the events. Establish the purpose and function of the violence directed against Mary Reynolds. Explain Mary Reynold's response.
Passage from When I Was a Slave:
"Seems like after I got bigger, I remember more and more niggers run away. They's most always catched. Master used to hire out his niggers for wage hands. One time he hired me and a nigger boy, Turner, to work for some ornery white trash name of Kidd. One day Turner goes off and don't come back. Old man Kidd say I knowed about it, and he tied my wrists together and stripped me. He hanged me by the wrists from a limb on a tree and spraddled my legs round the trunk and tied my feet together. Then he beat me. He beat me worser than I ever been beat before, and I faints dead away. When I come to I'm in bed. I didn't care so much if I died" (109). -Mary Reynolds
Next, locate a passage from "Lynch Law in All its Phases" or "A Red Record" that describes violence against an African-American. Summarize it. Establish the purpose and the function of the violence.
In one paragraph, compare and contrast the role, purpose, and effect of violence against African-Americans before and after the Civil War. What's different? What's the same? Answer these questions in your paragraph.