Lynching in North Carolina: A History, 1865-1941

Lynching in North Carolina: A History, 1865-1941

by Vann R. Newkirk


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Lynching in North Carolina: A History, 1865-1941 by Vann R. Newkirk

From the end of the Civil War through 1941, a total of 168 North Carolinians lost their lives to lynching. This form of mob violence was often justified as a means of controlling the black population, “protecting” white wives and daughters, and defending family “honor.” Legal attempts to deter lynching—including an 1893 law that classified it as a felony and sought to hold a county liable for damages—generally failed because of a lack of local support and ineffectual enforcement by state officials.
After 1922, however, in a phenomenon unique to North Carolina, incidents of lynching inexplicably and rapidly declined, prompting the state to head a national movement to end it. This history includes appendices providing an account of all 168 known lynching occurrences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786495580
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/12/2014
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 853,424
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Vann R. Newkirk is an associate vice president for Academic Affairs and associate professor of history at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia. He has extensively researched the development of the NAACP in North Carolina and has served as an educational consultant for colleges across the South.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction: A Place in Lynching Lore 3

1. Lynching the Carolina Way 7

2. Norlina 34

3. The Lynching of Plummer Bullock 44

4. A Well-Deserved Punishment 53

5. Canada, O Canada 56

6. The Old North State 64

7. One Million Klansmen 75

8. Law and Order Must Prevail: North Carolina Efforts to Punish Lynch Mob Members 1919–1923 79

9. The Needleman Case 84

10. “You Don’t Know What the Law Will Do to You?” A Move Toward Legal Lynching 95

11. Lynching in North Carolina 1930–1935 110

12. A Matter for the Judiciary 123

13. Summary 137

Appendix I. Other Notable Lynchings 141

Appendix II. North Carolina Lynchings, 1865–1941 167

Notes 171

Bibliography 191

Index 201

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