Truth-Telling: Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells

Ben Tillman

"Pitchfork" Ben Tillman was the governor of South Carolina from 1890 until 1894. Though Tillman sometimes tried to prevent lynchings by calling in South Carolina's militia to stop them, he also claimed in 1892 that he would "willingly lead a mob in lynching a Negro who had committed an assault upon a white woman." Wells argues here that Tillman could not have it both ways. Eighteen black men were lynched during his during his term.

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