Kidd, Captain William
A famous English pirate of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The British government employed Kidd for some time to stop piracy, but he turned pirate himself and was executed in England.
lynchingLynching is the mob killing of a person suspected of a crime, especially by hanging, that is done outside of the law. Lynching is most commonly associated with the hanging death of black men by white people in the United States, especially in the Jim Crow South.
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