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Popular justice : a history of lynching in America

Author: Manfred Berg
Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, ©2011.
Series: American ways series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Lynching has often been called "America's national crime" that has defined the tradition of extralegal violence in America. Having claimed many thousand victims, "Judge Lynch" holds a firm place in the dark recesses of our national memory. In this book the author explores the history of lynching from the colonial era to the present. American lynch law, he argues, has rested on three pillars: the frontier experience,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Manfred Berg
ISBN: 9781566638029 156663802X
OCLC Number: 667990348
Description: xiii, 212 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The roots of lynching in Colonial and Revolutionary North America --
The rising of lynch law in Antebellum America --
Frontier justice --
Lynching, riots, and political terror in the Civil War years --
"Indescribable barbarism": the lynching of African Americans in the age of Jim Crow --
Popular justice beyond black and white --
The struggle against lynching --
From lynching to hate crime --
Lynching in American memory and culture.
Series Title: American ways series.
Responsibility: Manfred Berg.

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Manfred Berg traces the history of lynching in America from the colonial era to the present. Berg focuses on lynching as extralegal communal punishment performed by "ordinary" people. He confronts  Read more...

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