The First Waco Horror

The Lynching of Jesse Washington and the Rise of the NAACP

By Patricia Bernstein
(Texas A&M University Press, Paperback, 9781585445448, 252pp.)

Publication Date: January 2006

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In 1916, seventeen-year-old Jesse Washington, a retarded black boy, was publicly tortured, lynched, and burned on the town square of Waco, Texas, Drawing on extensive research in the national files of the NAACP, local newspapers and archives, and interviews with the descendants of participants in the events of that day, Patricia Bernstein has reconstructed the details of not only the crime but also how it influenced the NAACP's antilynching campaign.

About the Author

Patricia Bernstein, who holds a degree in American studies from Smith College, has managed her own public relations firm in Houston for the past twenty years. Her articles have been published in Smithsonian Magazine, Texas Monthly, Cosmopolitan, and other magazines. The First Waco Horror is her second book.

Praise For The First Waco Horror

“The topic is compelling and important. . . . a page-turner, indeed an often horrifying one . . . it has great potential to greatly expanding our understanding of race, racial violence, and racial politics in the early twentieth century.”--Cary D. Wintz, Texas Southern University
-Cary D. Wintz, Texas Southern University

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