Petition from the citizens of New Jersey praying for Congress to make the act of lynching a crime against the United States, 02/21/1900.
Item From: Records of the U.S. House of Representatives. (06/03/1813)
This petition was designed to garner support for Federal action against rampant lynching in the Southern States. If lynching was recognized as a crime against the United States at large, it would set a precedent for Federal intervention. The petition hoped that the Federal Government would set up a Central Detective Bureau to investigate lynching activities, prosecute offenders at the national level, and use armed forces to enforce the due process of law.