Ida Wells-Barnett published A Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynching in the United States in 1895. She documented that, according to statistics kept by whites, during the previous 30 years, more than ten-thousand African-Americans had been lynched in the south. She wrote:
"The purpose of the pages which follow shall be to give the record which has been made, not by colored men, but that which is the result of compilations made by white men."
In other words, using statistics compiled by whites and reported in the Chicago Tribune, she reported on several African-Americans who had been lynched, and she noted the crimes they had been accused of. She also gave graphic details about their lynchings. In general, white authorities in the south did not punish people who carried out lynchings, and the perpetrators of the lynchings went free. She hoped to publicize the extent of lynching in the south and to persuade whites outside the south to support a campaign against this horrific practice.