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American Lynching, EPUB eBook

American Lynching EPUB

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A history of lynching in America over the course of three centuries, from colonial Virginia to twentieth-century Texas.

After observing the varying reactions to the 1998 death of James Byrd Jr. in Texas, called a lynching by some, denied by others, Ashraf Rushdy determined that to comprehend this event he needed to understand the long history of lynching in the United States. In this meticulously researched and accessibly written interpretive history, Rushdy shows how lynching in America has endured, evolved, and changed in meaning over the course of three centuries, from its origins in early Virginia to the present day.

';A work of uncommon breadth, written with equally uncommon concision. Excellent.' N. D. B. Connolly, Johns Hopkins University

';Provocative but careful, opinionated but persuasive... Beyond synthesizing current scholarship, he offers a cogent discussion of the evolving definition of lynching, the place of lynchers in civil society, and the slow-in-coming end of lynching. This book should be the point of entry for anyone interested in the tragic and sordid history of American lynching.' W.Fitzhugh Brundage, author of Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930

';A sophisticated and thought-provoking examination of the historical relationship between the American culture of lynching and the nation's political traditions. This engaging and wide-ranging meditation on the connection between democracy, lynching, freedom, and slavery will be of interest to those in and outside of the academy.' William Carrigan, Rowan University

';In this sobering account, Rushdy makes clear that the cultural values that authorize racial violence are woven into the very essence of what it means to be American. This book helps us make sense of our past as well as our present.' Jonathan Holloway, Yale University

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