journalist ida b. wells-barnett launched a campaign against lynching after a white mob lynched three african americans in 1892 in memphis. she paid a price for her vocal opposition. the newspaper offices where she worked were wrecked and her life was threatened by racists. she moved to new york and then chicago, and continued writing and lecturing about lynching until her death in 1931. with the help of the naacp, the demand for antilynching laws became part of the progressive agenda. although more than 3,000 lynchings had been recorded by the 1920s, southern opposition blocked every anti-lynching bill in congress.