Lynching is the execution of a person or persons, by the people of an area without the use of a court trial. Often the people lynched have been hanged.

Other forms of lynching include being dragged to death behind a car, burning and use of a gun. What makes the execution a lynching is the nature of it being done without a court trial by people who believe the accused is guilty of a crime.

Lynchings have been used in the southern states of the United States of America against African Americans during the time of slavery but more commonly after the abolition of slavery during the time of civil rights activism and the times of the various Ku Klux Klans (American white supremacist terrorist hate group).

Lynching continues to be a problem to this day, and is not just limited to southern states. Lynching is murder, and many times the people who do it are never punished.

United States lynchings rose in number after the American Civil War in the early-to-mid 1860s. Most lynchings went down by the 1950s.

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