1908: Value of Life

Germans Say We Hold Life Cheap

Found on Newspapers.com

The article above is in reference to the school fire in Collinwood, Ohio that killed many children. The fire happened on March 4, 1908 and one hundred seventy five lives were lost. Almost all killed were children and most were German immigrants. The investigation into the origin of the fire was not conclusive, but rather determined that the building was unsafe in the event of a fire.

People in Germany were outraged that a tragedy like this occurred and accused Americans of not holding the value of human life dear.

If you scroll through the article above, you will come upon the next article, which is about a lynching that took place in Texas on March 9, 1908. It does not mention the name of the person who was lynched, only that he was “negro” and accused of trying to rob and kill a white man. It does not say whether he was tried and convicted, just that he was lynched in an “orderly” fashion.

You can venture to say that the Germans were right and that the value of all life to Americans was not held high in 1908.

MEMORIAL TO THOSE LOST IN COLLINWOOD FIRE

A MEMORIAL TO THE VICTIMS OF LYNCHING

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