In the last decades of the 19th century, the lynching of Black people in the South became an institutionalized method used by whites to terrorize Blacks and maintain white supremacy. From 1880 to 1940,there was deep-seated & all-pervading hatred & fear of the Negro which led white mobs to turn to “lynch law” as a means of social control. Lynchings—open public murders of individuals suspected of crime conceived & carried out spontaneously by a mob seem to have been an American invention.
There were rules for wet-nursing a child that an African American woman cared for during the days of slavery; even before the Jim Crow era the “Whites Only” sign applied even to the slave woman’s breast. One breast could be used to feed the white child the other for nursing her own. Punishment could be swift and severe if a wet nurse ever allowed a black child, and a white child, to suckle from the same breast.