The Making of a Lynching Culture: Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836-1916 / Edition 1

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Beginning with the 1836 independence of Texas, The Making of a Lynching Culture re-examines traditional explanations of lynching, including the role of the frontier, economic tensions, and political conflicts. It also addresses acts of violence ignored or marginalized in many studies of lynching, notably citizen violence against Native Americans and vigilante executions of Anglo Americans. Using a voluminous body of court records, newspaper accounts, oral histories, and other sources, William D. Carrigan shows how conventional notions of justice and historical memory were reshaped to glorify violence and foster a culture that legitimized lynching.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252074301
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,295,672
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

1 "Texas shall be... Americanized" : mob violence in the conquest of Mexican Texas 17
2 "Necessity knows no law" : mob violence in the conquest of Central Texas's Native Americans 31
3 "Slavery with a will" : slave resistance and the origins of the panic of 1860 48
4 "Hung sure as hell" : white-on-white mob violence in Central Texas 81
5 "No justice in it" : racial violence and Reconstruction 112
6 "A new crime" : the changing character of mob violence in the late nineteenth century 132
7 "A damnable outrage" : mob violence in twentieth-century Central Texas 162
App. A At victims of mob violence in Central Texas, 1860-1922 275
App. B Unconfirmed cases of mob violence in Central Texas, 1838-1922 289
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