Lynching was a powerful tool used to enforce the social aspects of Jim Crow racial segregation in the U.S. south (and racial prejudices in northern states) during the late nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. Sexuality and gender were part of this tragic part of American history. The following websites will help you to understand the role of gender, race, and sexuality in lynchings. Both black and white women worked to end lynching in the United States. Ida B. Wells-Barnett was one of the movement's most vocal activists.
"Black Women and the Anti-lynching movement"
If you would like to know more:
I also recommend taking a look at the following website.
Warning: The images are graphic, but I think they will give you a
valuable understanding of the violence underlying Jim Crow society. Take a look
at the "movie" for a good overview.
"Without Sanctuary: Photographs and Postcards of Lynching in America"