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The Northwestern Recorder (also known as the Wisconsin Afro-American) was a short-lived monthly newspaper published in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its first issue appeared in December 1892, and it ceased publication in March 1893.

The gruesome lynching of a mentally disabled man, Henry Smith in Paris, Texas, in February 1893, sparked renewed visual critique in the African American press regarding federal inaction on lynching. The mob’s torture of Henry Smith seemed to…
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