The Many Faces of Judge Lynch
Extralegal Violence and Punishment in America
By (author) Christopher Waldrep
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Many Faces of Judge Lynch by Christopher Waldrep
Book DescriptionThe U.S. is the most violent industrialized country in the world, and lynching - that is, murder endorsed by the community - may be a key to understanding America's heritage of violence and perhaps point to solutions that can eradicate it. While lynchings are predominantly racial in tone and motive, Christopher Waldrep's sweeping study of the meaning and uses of lynching from the colonial period to the present reveals that the definition of the term has shifted dramatically over time, and that the victims and perpetuators of lynching were as diverse as its many meanings. By examining lynching from a comparative and temporal perspective, Waldrep teaches us important lessons not only about racial violence in America, but about the ways in which communities define and justify crime and the punishment of its criminals.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780312293994
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2002
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.
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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 Chair in History at San Francisco State University. He is the author of numerous articles and three books: Night Riders: Defending Community in the Black Patch, 1890-1915 (1993); Roots of Disorder: Race and Criminal Justice in the American South, 1817-80 (1998); and Local Matters: Race, Crime, and Justice in the Nineteenth-Century South (edited with Donald Nieman, 2001).
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