Sorry! This site requires JavaScript. Virtually nothing will work without it. Please enable it in your browser.

Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism

Contempt of Court In 1906, Ed Johnson, an innocent black man, was found guilty of the brutal rape of a white woman in Chattanooga and was sentenced to die. Two black lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay of execution, and the stay was granted. Frenzied locals responded by lynching Johnson, and what ensued was a breathtaking whirlwind of groundbreaking legal action. Illustrations.

Important places

Chattanooga (61)


Hamilton (65)


Tennessee (979)


United States (64,950)

Other geographical areas

Cumberland Plateau (211)
Appalachian Mountains (1,111)