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"The special object of hatred and persecution": the terror of emancipation -- "A long series of oppression, injustice, and violence": the purgatory of sectional reconciliation -- "Lynched, burned alive, Jim-Crowed... in my country": shaping responses to the descent to hell -- "If you can, the colored needs help": reaching out from local communities -- "It is not for us to run away from violence": fueling the NAACP's antilynching crusade -- Closer to the promised land.