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On the courthouse lawn : confronting the legacy of lynching in the twenty-first century

Author: Sherrilyn A Ifill
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nearly 5,000 black Americans were lynched between 1890 and 1960, and as Sherrilyn Ifill argues, the effects of this racial trauma continue to resound. While the lynchings were devastating, the little-known contemporary consequences, such as the marginalization of political and economic development for blacks, are equally pernicious. Ifill traces the lingering effects of two lynchings in Maryland to illustrate how  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ifill, Sherrilyn A.
On the courthouse lawn.
Boston : Beacon Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)654555664
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sherrilyn A Ifill
ISBN: 0807009873 9780807009871 9780807009888 0807009881
OCLC Number: 70060939
Description: xx, 204 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. A season of madness: twentieth-century lynching on the Eastern Shore. --
A conversation on race: lynching and the courthouse lawn --
Mob rule on the shore, 1931-1933 --
A conspiracy of silence: ordinary people and complicity in lynching --
"The law in all its majesty" --
"Serving the peninsula": local newspapers and lynching --
pt. 2. Truth and reconciliation for lynching in the twenty-first century. --
Reconciliation and lynching in international context --
Breaking the silence: "words are the most powerful tools of all" --
Confronting the role of institutions in racial/ethnic violence --
Reconciliation in the twenty-first century.
Responsibility: Sherrilyn A. Ifill.
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Nearly 5,000 black Americans were lynched between 1890 and 1960, and as Sherrilyn Ifill argues, the effects of this racial trauma continue to resound. While the lynchings were devastating, the little-known contemporary consequences, such as the marginalization of political and economic development for blacks, are equally pernicious. Ifill traces the lingering effects of two lynchings in Maryland to illustrate how ubiquitous this history is, and issues a clarion call for the many American communities with histories of racial violence to be proactive in facing this legacy. Inspired by South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and techniques of restorative justice, Ifill provides concrete ideas for communities, including placing gravestones on the unmarked burial sites of lynching victims, issuing public apologies, establishing mandatory school programs on the local history of lynching, financially compensating those whose family homes or businesses were destroyed in the aftermath of lynching, and creating commemorative public spaces. A landmark book, On the Courthouse Lawn is a much-needed roadmap to help communities finally confront lynching's long shadow by embracing pragmatic reconciliation and reparation efforts.

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