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Dyer Bill

  • By: Jacqueline Smith-Mason
  • In: Encyclopedia of Race and Crime
  • Edited by: Helen Taylor Greene & Shaun L. Gabbidon
  • Subject:Race, Ethnicity & Crime, Ethnic Studies

The Dyer bill, proposed in 1918 by Congressman Leonidas Dyer of Missouri, was the first major attempt by Congress to eliminate the practice of lynching. The purpose of the bill was to hold state and local governments accountable for their support ...

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