ore By Photographer not credited — Postcard by Detroit Publishing Company via [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3474381

Vigilante Justice Lynched 11 Sicilian Immigrants in New Orleans

New Orleans’ residents, politicians, and officials were all complicit

The Sentiment towards Sicilian Immigrants in America

The Wasp, 1888, From the collection of Italian American Museum of Los Angeles

How the Economy Played a Role

Italian-Americans were often used as cheap labor on
the docks of New Orleans at the turn of the last century. Library of Congress
Fool Pied Piper Cartoon from Puck Magazine, Keppler & Schwarzmann, Erhardt (Artist), 1909, From the collection of Italian American Museum of Los Angeles

The Vendetta

a photo of New Orleans police chief David Hennessy, appearing in “Paddywacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster” by T.J. English, courtesy of the Tulane University, Louisiana Collection

The Assassination

Illustration in “The Mascot” newspaper, New Orleans, 1890. “Scene of the Assassination.” Location was at Basin & Girod Streets (this section of Basin since renamed “Loyola Avenue”)
This photograph, taken Jan. 30, 2016, and provided by AWE News, shows a copy of a March 14, 1891, newspaper advertisement as shown in the Musee Conti Wax Museum (AWE News via Associated Press)

The Lynching

Crowd at Clay Statue, Wikipedia
By E. Benjamin Andrews — Andrews, E. Benjamin. History of the United States, volume V. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. 1912., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1717057
Outside the prison, The Italian Tribune
Once a Week: An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper (1889–1895), March 24, 1891
The Biggest Mass Lynching In The United States, L.A., 1871 (Correcting My Error) http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com
Bodies of some of the lynched Italian Americans arranged for public viewing. Illustrated American, April 4, 1891.

The Aftermath and Threats of War with Italy

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