Genealogy research by the author led him to stories about lynching's near his hometown in Kentucky. Further Research uncovered two distant cousins who participated in hangings, one in a lynching and the other on the jury of the last public hanging in the United States. As the author dug deeper into the history where his ancestors lived in Kentucky, he uncovered other cases of racial hate and lynching in Warren, Logan, Daviess, and Mason Counties. This is an expanded version of the original published several years ago and now covers lynching and mob killings in the counties adjacent to the original four. Counties covered in this book include Warren, Baren, Allen, Simpson, Logan, Todd, Muhlenberg, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Spencer, Mason, Bracken, and Fleming Counties.
In the year of the writing of this expanded version of the original book our nation seems to be returning to an era of intolerance, racial divide, hate, and fear. Leaders from the halls of Congress and the Whitehouse to the pulpit of many of our churches condone violence through their words or implied consent. Political as well as religious leaders spew hateful condemnation of those who are of different color, religion, or sexual orientation.
The confederate flag was even carried into the rotunda and throughout the halls of Congress during an aborted attempt to overturn our duly elected government - primarily by supporters of the president who lost the election who by their dress and demeanor as they beat and harmed those defending our elected leaders as they did their constitutional duty in certifying our properly elected new president. In the author's opinion this was no less than a "lynch mob" who would have murdered our vice-president and other senior leaders for simply carrying out their congressional duties.
It is the author's hope that in revisiting the events on these pages the hearts and souls of those filled with hate and fear may soften and the violent intolerance they feel may be replaced with gentle and loving tolerance of all of the children of the "God of their understanding" regardless of their race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.
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