Under Sentence of Death: Lynching in the South / Edition 1

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From the assembled work of fifteen leading scholars emerges a complex and provocative portrait of lynching in the American South. With subjects ranging in time from the late antebellum period to the early twentieth century, and in place from the border states to the Deep South, this collection of essays provides a rich comparative context in which to study the troubling history of lynching. Covering a broad spectrum of methodologies, these essays further expand the study of lynching by exploring such topics as same-race lynchings, black resistance to white violence, and the political motivations for lynching. In addressing both the history and the legacy of lynching, the book raises important questions about Southern history, race relations, and the nature of American violence. Though focused on events in the South, these essays speak to patterns of violence, injustice, and racism that have plagued the entire nation. The contributors 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 la Roche, Stewart E. Tolnay, and George C. Wright.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
[T]his is a first-rate collection.

Criminal Justice Review

The diverse viewpoints that it presents will doubtless make it a standard text in southern history.

The Alabama Review

[This book] should be required reading for every historian of the modern South.

Journal of Southern History

Fascinating and thought-provoking.

Slavery and Abolition

[C]rucial to any informed evaluation of one of the most ugly scars upon the face of southern history.

North Carolina Historical Review

Library Journal
Brundage (history, Queens Coll., Ontario) has assembled a group of essays reflecting the latest scholarship on lynching. Coming from a variety of disciplineshistory, sociology, and folklorethe contributors look at the phenomenon from several methodological perspectives. Historians Thomas Dyer and Joan Cashlin, for example, provide "micro-histories" of specific lynchings, while folklorist Bruce Baker "deconstructs" ballads associated with lynching. The authors conclude that lynching was a powerful method of social control. A multifaceted examination, this important collection is highly recommended, especially for specialists.Anthony O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807846360
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/1997
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Fitzhugh Brundage is William B. Umstead Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of Where These Memories Grow: History, Memory, and Southern Identity and the prize-winning Lynching in the New South.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Approaches to Racial Violence and Lynching 21
Narrative and Event: Lynching and Historical Sociology 24
The Sociogenesis of Lynching 48
Pt. II Lynching in the Local and Regional Context 77
A Most Unexampled Exhibition of Madness and Brutality: Judge Lynch in Saline County, Missouri, 1859 81
A Lynching in Wartime Carolina: The Death of Saxe Joiner 109
When Race Didn't Matter: Black and White Mob Violence against Their Own Color 132
Pt. III The Cultural Context of Lynching 155
Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Lynching: The Leo Frank Case Revisited 158
Lynching and Political Power in Mississippi and South Carolina 189
North Carolina Lynching Ballads 219
Pt. IV Black Responses and the Legacy of Lynching 247
By the Book: The Legal Executions of Kentucky Blacks 250
The Roar on the Other Side of Silence: Black Resistance and White Violence in the American South, 1880-1940 271
Unsettled Business: Ida B. Wells against Lynching, or, How Antilynching Got Its Gender 292
Afterword 318
Notes on the Contributors 323
Index 325
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