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From the assembled paintings of fifteen major students emerges a posh and provocative portrait of lynching within the American South. With topics ranging in time from the past due antebellum interval to the early 20th century, and in position from the border states to the Deep South, this selection of essays presents a wealthy comparative context during which to review the troubling historical past of lynching. overlaying a wide spectrum of methodologies, those essays extra extend the learn of lynching by means of exploring such issues as same-race lynchings, black resistance to white violence, and the political motivations for lynching. In addressing either the background and the legacy of lynching, the publication increases vital questions on Southern historical past, race family, and the character of yank violence. although concerned with occasions within the South, those essays communicate to styles of violence, injustice, and racism that experience plagued the full nation.The individuals are Bruce E. Baker, E. M. Beck, W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Joan E. Cashin, Paula Clark, Thomas G. Dyer, Terence Finnegan, Larry J. Griffin, Nancy MacLean, William S. McFeely, Joanne C. Sandberg, Patricia A. Schechter, Roberta Senechal de l. a. Roche, Stewart E. Tolnay, and George C. Wright.
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Fitzhugh Brundage 1987); Richard B. McCaslin, Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, 1862 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1994) ; Neil R. McMillen, Dark Journey: Black Mississippians in the Age ofJim Crow (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989); Phillip S. Paludan, Victims: A True Story of the Civil War (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1981); George C. RabIe, But There Was No Peace: The Role of Violence in the Politics ofReconstruction (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1984); Richards, "Gentlemen of Property and Standing"; Thomas P.
Agency is depicted in motion, and possibilities cunningly realized, blundered upon, or permitted to seep away are often insightfully examined to show how threatened lynchings were expedited or stymied. Lynchings are windows to the soul of white supremacy and Mrican American life in the South, and historians more readily than sociologists exploit the prismatic nature of incidents of racial violence or near violence, seemingly relishing the intricacies of the Jim Crow South refracted there. But the assumptions and reasoning behind the analyses of historians, particularly those in the case study tradition, often remain untheorized, implicitly contained in and swept along by the dramatic flow of actions and events.
By de sign, they generally explore aggregate lynching rates, most often with statistical techniques and equipped with theories of social organization, group relations, and social control which emphasize the structural impetus to, and support for, lynching-its roots in the eco nomics and politics of cotton and oppressive Jim Crow laws. Their find ings have proven invaluable in systematically documenting the socially determined nature of lynchings and in forging causal generalizations of broad theoretical and comparative potential.
Under Sentence of Death: Lynching in the South by W. Fitzhugh Brundage