Many Faces of Judge Lynch: Extralegal Violence and Punishment in America / Edition 1

Many Faces of Judge Lynch: Extralegal Violence and Punishment in America / Edition 1

by Christopher Waldrep
     
 

ISBN-10: 1403967113

ISBN-13: 9781403967114

Pub. Date: 05/28/2003

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

The U.S. is the most violent industrialized country in the world, and lynching - that is, murder endorsed by the community - may be a key to understanding America's heritage of violence and perhaps point to solutions that can eradicate it. While lynchings are predominantly racial in tone and motive, Christopher Waldrep's sweeping study of the meaning and uses of…  See more details below

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The U.S. is the most violent industrialized country in the world, and lynching - that is, murder endorsed by the community - may be a key to understanding America's heritage of violence and perhaps point to solutions that can eradicate it. While lynchings are predominantly racial in tone and motive, Christopher Waldrep's sweeping study of the meaning and uses of lynching from the colonial period to the present reveals that the definition of the term has shifted dramatically over time, and that the victims and perpetuators of lynching were as diverse as its many meanings. By examining lynching from a comparative and temporal perspective, Waldrep teaches us important lessons not only about racial violence in America, but about the ways in which communities define and justify crime and the punishment of its criminals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403967114
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,019,112
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

The Invention of Lynching Vicksburg and the Nation San Francisco and the Nation The Ku Klux Klan Lynching in the Gilded Age War of Words High Tech Lynchings: Lynching in the Age of National Journalism Epilogue

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