The Making of a Lynching Culture
Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836-1916 New edition
By (author) William D. Carrigan
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Making of a Lynching Culture by William D. Carrigan
Book DescriptionOn May 15, 1916, a crowd of fifteen thousand witnessed the lynching of an eighteen-year-old black farm worker named Jesse Washington. Most central Texans of the time failed to call for the punishment of the mob's leaders. In "The Making of a Lynching Culture", now in paperback, William D. Carrigan seeks to explain not how a fiendish mob could lynch one man, but how a culture of violence that nourished this practice could form and endure for so long among ordinary people. Beginning with the 1836 independence of Texas, "The Making of a Lynching Culture" re-examines traditional explanations of lynching, including the role of the frontier, economic tensions, and political conflicts. Using a voluminous body of court records, newspaper accounts, oral histories, and other sources, Carrigan shows how notions of justice and historical memory were shaped to glorify violence and foster a culture that legitimized lynching.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780252074301
(229mm x 153mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William D. Carrigan
Forgotten Dead, Hardback (May 2013)» View all books by William D. Carrigan
Forgotten Dead uncovers a neglected chapter in the story of American racial violence, the first comprehensive study of lynching of hundreds of persons of Mexican origin or descent.
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Author Biography - William D. Carrigan
William D. Carrigan is an associate professor of history at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, and the editor of Lynching Reconsidered: New Directions in the Study of Mob Violence. "
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