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Louisiana Lynch Mob Claims Federal Law Cannot Punish Them; Supreme Court Later Agrees | Equal Justice Initiative

Louisiana Lynch Mob Claims Federal Law Cannot Punish Them; Supreme Court Later Agrees | Equal Justice Initiative

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On April 1, 1875, the Supreme Court finished hearing arguments in United States v. Cruikshank, a case that asked whether the federal government had the power to punish white men convicted of slaughtering dozens of black people in Louisiana.

Two years earlier, on April 13, 1873, hundreds of white men clashed with formerly enslaved black men at the Grant Parish courthouse in Colfax, Louisiana. It is estimated that nearly 150 black people died in the ensuing struggle – many murdered in cold blood after surrendering. Only three white men died. 

By EJI Staff, EJI
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