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The Making of a Lynching Culture: Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836-1916 First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0252029516
ISBN-10: 0252029518
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"In this ground-breaking study of extralegal violence in a racially and ethnically complex borderland of the South and Southwest, Carrigan makes a significant contribution to the literature on American violence and race relations."

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How a culture of violence legitimized lynching among ordinary people

On May 15, 1916, a crowd of fifteen thousand witnessed the lynching of an eighteen-year-old black farm worker named Jesse Washington. Most central Texans of the time failed to call for the punishment of the mob's leaders. In The Making of a Lynching Culture, now in paperback, William D. Carrigan seeks to explain not how a fiendish mob could lynch one man but how a culture of violence that nourished this practice could form and endure for so long among ordinary people.

Beginning with the 1836 independence of Texas, The Making of a Lynching Culture reexamines traditional explanations of lynching, including the role of the frontier, economic tensions, and political conflicts. Using a voluminous body of court records, newspaper accounts, oral histories, and other sources, Carrigan shows how notions of justice and historical memory were shaped to glorify violence and foster a culture that legitimized lynching.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; First Edition edition (October 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252029518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252029516
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,640,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The graphic history of one of the worst times and places in our country."
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