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Lynching and spectacle : witnessing racial violence in America, 1890-1940

Author: Amy Louise Wood
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2009.
Series: New directions in southern studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By examining lynching spectacles alongside both traditional and modern practices and within both local and national contexts, Wood reconfigures our understanding of lynching's relationship to modern life. --from publisher description.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Louise Wood
ISBN: 9780807832547 0807832545
OCLC Number: 261173677
Awards: Lillian Smith Book Award, 2010
Description: xiii, 349 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: They want to see the thing done : public executions --
A hell of fire upon earth : religion --
The spectator has a picture in his mind to remember for a long time : photography --
They never witnessed such a melodrama : early moving pictures --
With the roar of thunder : The birth of a nation --
We wanted to be boosters and not knockers : photography and antilynching activism --
Bring home to America what mob violence really means : Hollywood's spectacular indictment.
Series Title: New directions in southern studies.
Responsibility: Amy Louise Wood.

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Explains what it meant for white Americans to perform and witness these sadistic spectacles and what they derived from them. This book expounds on the critical role lynching spectacles played in  Read more...

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Wood's effective contribution refines our understanding of the relationship between lynching and culture. . . . Compelling and insightful. . . . A well-executed book that should be read by all who Read more...

 
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