Reckoning with history: The legacy of lynching in the West

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Reckoning with history: The legacy of lynching in the West

‘Frontier justice’ disproportionately targeted people of color
“Judge Lynch,” 1848, is an illustration of a group of vigilantes in California apprehending a man. In what later became known as “frontier justice,” men banded together to fulfill community obligations, punishing those who transgressed laws.
An illustration of the public hanging of Josefa “Juanita” Loazia in Downieville, California, in 1893. She was found guilty of murdering a man, Frederick Cannon, who attempted to assault her. She is known to be the first and only woman to be hanged in California.

Reckoning with history: The legacy of lynching in the West

“Judge Lynch,” 1848, is an illustration of a group of vigilantes in California apprehending a man. In what later became known as “frontier justice,” men banded together to fulfill community obligations, punishing those who transgressed laws.
An illustration of the public hanging of Josefa “Juanita” Loazia in Downieville, California, in 1893. She was found guilty of murdering a man, Frederick Cannon, who attempted to assault her. She is known to be the first and only woman to be hanged in California.
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