Lynching in America
A History in Documents
Edited by Christopher Waldrep
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Lynching in America by Christopher Waldrep
Book DescriptionWhether conveyed through newspapers, photographs, or Billie Holliday's haunting song "Strange Fruit," lynching has immediate and graphic connotations for all who hear the word. Images of lynching are generally unambiguous: black victims hanging from trees, often surrounded by gawking white mobs. While this picture of lynching tells a distressingly familiar story about mob violence in America, it is not the full story. Lynching in America presents the most comprehensive portrait of lynching to date, demonstrating that while lynching has always been present in American society, it has been anything but one-dimensional. Ranging from personal correspondence to courtroom transcripts to journalistic accounts, Christopher Waldrep has extensively mined an enormous quantity of documents about lynching, which he arranges chronologically with concise introductions. He reveals that lynching has been part of American history since the Revolution, but its victims, perpetrators, causes, and environments have changed over time. From the American Revolution to the expansion of the western frontier, Waldrep shows how communities defended lynching as a way to maintain law and order. Slavery, the Civil War, and especially Reconstruction marked the ascendancy of racialized lynching in the nineteenth century, which has continued to the present day, with the murder of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's contention that he was lynched by Congress at his confirmation hearings. Since its founding, lynching has permeated American social, political, and cultural life, and no other book documents American lynching with historical texts offering firsthand accounts of lynchings, explanations, excuses, and criticism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814793992
(6466mm x 4531mm x 19mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Christopher Waldrep
Race and National Power, Paperback (August 2010)
In American history, students are taught about the three branches of government. Most of the time is spent learning about the Executive and the Legislative bodies, but the Judicial branch has had a monumental effect on the course of American history. This title offers a collection of primary documents on the history of law and civil rights.
Documenting American Violence, Paperback (January 2006)
Through contemporary voices, this work tracks the changes in the nature of American violence. It looks at violence as an integral part of American history and includes excerpts from a range of primary sources, including court records, newspaper accounts, and political documents.
Many Faces of Judge Lynch, Paperback (May 2003)» View all books by Christopher Waldrep
A ground breaking study of extralegal violence that considers the changing meaning and use of the term "lynching" throughout American history.
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Author Biography - Christopher Waldrep
Christopher Waldrep is Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History, San Francisco State University. He is the author of Night Riders: Defending Community in the Black Patch: 1890-1915, Roots of Disorder: Race and Criminal Justice in the American South, 1817-1880, and The Many Faces of Judge Lynch: Extralegal Violence and Punishment in America.
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