Lynching: Definition & History


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The unlawful enforcement of punishment by a group of ordinary citizens is known as what?

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1. As it often involves a group of angry citizens enforcing extreme punishment, which of the following best describes lynching?

2. Lynching is often motivated by which of the following beliefs?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You're going to be tested on subjects such as punishment by citizens, a description of lynching, common motivation of lynching, those most guilty of lynching, and the fates of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To explain further, prepare to be assessed on:

  • What it's called when citizens unlawfully punish someone
  • Beliefs that typically motivate lynching
  • Organized groups notorious for lynching
  • The significance of the hangings of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about why people lynch in a different way
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what lynching is
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the importance of the deaths of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith

Additional Learning

Learn more in regard to this subject with the objectives covered by the associated lesson. The lesson, Lynching: Definition & History, will be on:

  • What lynching is
  • Early forms of lynching
  • Lynching in the United States
  • Twentieth-century and modern day lynching