Under Sentence of Death: Lynching in the South by W. Fitzhugh Brundage

By W. Fitzhugh Brundage

From the assembled paintings of fifteen top students emerges a fancy and provocative portrait of lynching within the American South. With matters 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 number of essays presents a wealthy comparative context within which to review the troubling heritage of lynching. overlaying a vast spectrum of methodologies, those essays extra extend the examine of lynching via exploring such themes 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 e-book increases very important questions about Southern heritage, race family members, and the character of yank violence. notwithstanding eager about occasions within the South, those essays communicate to styles of violence, injustice, and racism that experience plagued the complete nation.The members 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 los angeles Roche, Stewart E. Tolnay, and George C. Wright.

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Formally, an event is a particular happening that is constituted by a particular sequence of temporally ordered actions and occurs in a particu­ lar historical context. These characteristics give the event its identity as a certain kind of happening (say, a lynching versus a prevented lynching), imbue it with general meaning, and create and convey its central theme or pattern of action. They, along with the event's theme, produce another of the event's formal properties, its holistic, configurational makeup : each sequence in an event is functionally related to its theme {if not, a particu­ lar action would not be included in its description) and temporally config­ ured with the other sequences constituting the event.

These characteristics give the event its identity as a certain kind of happening (say, a lynching versus a prevented lynching), imbue it with general meaning, and create and convey its central theme or pattern of action. They, along with the event's theme, produce another of the event's formal properties, its holistic, configurational makeup : each sequence in an event is functionally related to its theme {if not, a particu­ lar action would not be included in its description) and temporally config­ ured with the other sequences constituting the event.

BIncludes killings in Georgia, Texas, and Virginia that Raper questionably categorizes as lynchings. There was a clear difference here, as in the other accounts we describe, in how law enforcement officials responded to a potential lynching situa­ tion, a mortal difference, in fact, and one that could not have been ex­ pected or predicted given that the two counties were virtually identical in terms of the variables favored by sociologists who study lynching pat­ terns-racial composition, occupational and class structures, rurality, and racial history.

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