Lynching in America A History in Documents

ISBN-10: 0814793991

ISBN-13: 9780814793992

Edition: 2005

Authors: Christopher Waldrep

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"Christopher Waldrep's volume should quickly become one of a handful of standard reference works on the subject of lynching. His knowledge of the literature on lynching is masterful and far ranging. "Lynching in America" is an important book." --Thomas H. Appleton, Jr., Eastern Kentucky University "A distinct work." --"Choice," recommended "Christopher Waldrep has examined in depth a history we prefer to ignore-a not so distant time when Americans descended into vigilante justice and public displays of ritualistic murder, often targeting people of color. The testimony gathered for this collection is a sobering reminder that terrorism has deep roots in our own soil, that it is part of our history, part of our heritage."--Leon Litwack, author of "Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery" "Christopher Waldrep's heart-wrenching but compelling documentary collection on American lynching traditions could not appear at a more fitting time. In Waldrep's carefully selected documents, we are forced to confront the grim record of American racial violence. The testimony given by blacks themselves in public hearings and in African-American newspapers proves to be especially dramatic and horrifying. "Lynching in America" should be read not just by historians, who so long neglected the topic. Rather, all those concerned to promote our better natures could benefit from pondering these past atrocities so skillfully laid before us."--Bertram Wyatt-Brown, author of "Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South" ""Lynching in America" is the best collection of documents and source material on the history of lynching ever compiled. The chronological coverage is superb, covering in detail earlier periods that are routinely left out of histories of lynching and the geographical coverage is exemplary including material on lynching throughout the United States."--William D. Carrigan, author of "The Making of a Lynching Culture: Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836-1916" Whether conveyed through newspapers, photographs, or Billie Holliday's haunting song "Strange Fruit," lynching has immediate and graphic connotations for all who hear the word. Images of lynching are generally unambiguous: black victims hanging from trees, often surrounded by gawking white mobs. While this picture of lynching tells a distressingly familiar story about mob violence in America, it is not the full story. Lynching in America presents the most comprehensive portrait of lynching to date, demonstrating that while lynching has always been present in American society, it has been anything but one-dimensional. Ranging from personal correspondence to courtroom transcripts to journalistic accounts, Christopher Waldrep has extensively mined an enormous quantity of documents about lynching, which he arranges chronologically with concise introductions. He reveals that lynching has been part of American history since the Revolution, but its victims, perpetrators, causes, and environments have changed over time. From the American Revolution to the expansion of the western frontier, Waldrep shows how communities defended lynching as a way to maintain law and order. Slavery, the Civil War, and especially Reconstruction marked the ascendancy of racialized lynching in the nineteenth century, which has continued to the present day, with the murder of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's contention that he was lynched by Congress at his confirmation hearings. Since its founding, lynching has permeated American social, political, and cultural life, and no other book documents American lynching with historical texts offering firsthand accounts of lynchings, explanations, excuses, and criticism.
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 1/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 281
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Introduction: Explanations
"The Case Stated," 1895
"Georgia," 1897
"An Inquiry concerning Lynchings," 1902
"Lynch Law," 1905
"Caste and Class," 1937
"An American Dilemma," 1944
"The Mind of the South," 1941
"In Black and White," 1992
"The Anatomy of a Lynching," 1993
"Spectacle Lynching," 1998
The First Lynchers
"The Mayor of Galway," 1820
"A Farmer Named Lynch," 1835
"Captain William Lynch," 1811
"Lynchers' Character," 1836
William Preston to Thomas Jefferson, March 1780
Thomas Jefferson to William Preston, March 21, 1780
Col. Arthur Campbell to Major William Edmiston, June 24, 1780
Col. William Campbell to Col. Arthur Campbell, July 25, 1780
Thomas Jefferson to Charles Lynch, August 1, 1780
Col. William Preston to Gov. Thomas Jefferson, August 8, 1780
Nancy Devereaux to Col. William Preston, August 1780
Col. Charles Lynch to Col. William Preston, August 17, 1780
Charles Lynch to William Hay, May 11, 1782
"The Lynch-Law Tree," 1892
"The Real Judge Lynch," 1901
Jacksonian America
Robert Butler to Daniel Parker, Adjutant and Inspector General, May 3, 1818
Trial and Execution of Alexander Arbuthnot and Robert C. Ambrister, 1818
Andrew Jackson to Secretary of War John C. Calhoun, May 5, 1818
"Seminole War," January 20, 1819
"On the Mississippi," 1830
"Guy Rivers," 1834
"The Vicksburg Tragedy," 1835
"The Enemies of the Constitution Discovered," 1835
"McIntosh Burning," 1836
Luke Lawless, Charge to the Grand Jury after McIntosh Burning, 1836
"The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions," January 27, 1838
"Tom, A Negro Man Slave," 1763
"The Sentence Was Immediately Put into Execution," February 24, 1797
"Madison County, Mississippi, Proceedings," 1836
"The Question of Right Admits of No Parley," 1836
"A Statement of Facts," 1839
Fulton Anderson, Grand Jury Indictment, 1846
Proposed Jury Instructions in Trial of Arthur Jordan, 1846
Debate in the Senate, April 20, 1848
"Despotism in America," 1854
"Southern Outrages," 1855
"The Burning of a Negro," 1854
"Men Wept Tears of Blood," 1854
"A Little Mob Law in the State of Missouri," 1859
How the West Was Won
Elias S. Ketcham, Diary, January 24, 1853
"Resolutions," 1855
"Hanging Is a Death Entirely Too Good for Such a Villain!" 1855
"Border Ruffianism," 1855
J. Marion Alexander, Letter to the Kansas Weekly Herald, 1855
"Our Only Law," 1855
"Citizens of San Francisco," 1855
California Governor Neely Johnson to President Franklin Pierce, 1856
"Exciting News from California," 1856
"The Vigilantes of Montana," 1865
Civil War and Reconstruction
Ulysses S. Grant to Edwin M. Stanton, February 8, 1867
Orville Hickman Browning Diary, February 15, 1867
Gideon Welles Diary, February 15, 1867
The Ku Klux Klan, 1868
"A Murderer's Mishaps," 1868
"Communication from the Great Grand Cyclops," 1868
"Lynch Law in Maryland," 1869
"Stale Charges," January 18, 1871
Ku Klux Klan Act, 1871
Testimony of Frank Myers, Jacksonville, Florida, November 11, 1871
Testimony of Joseph J. Williams, Jacksonville, Florida, November 13, 1871
Testimony of Dr. Pride Jones, Washington, D.C., June 5, 1871
Testimony of Allen E. Moore, Livingston, Alabama, October 30, 1871
Testimony of William Coleman (Colored), Macon, Mississippi, November 6, 1871
William W. Murray to Alphonso Taft, September 25, 1876
Grand Jury Indictment of Roland Green Harris and Others, November 1876
"Lynch Law and Mob Law," 1880
Justice William B. Woods, Opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. Harris, 1882
The Gilded Age: Shall the Wheel of Race Agitation Be Stopped?
"Fiendishness in Texas," 1885
"A Georgia Outrage," 1890
"Is God Dead?" 1892
"America's Scarlet Crime," 1893
"The Texas Horror," 1893
"The Lynching in Kansas," 1901
"Shall the Wheels of Race Agitation Be Stopped?" 1902
"A Lynching at the Curve," 1892
State Sovereignty and Mob Law
Massachusetts, An Act concerning Riots, 1839
North Carolina, An Act to Protect Prisoners, 1893
Kansas, An Act for the Suppression of Mob Violence, 1903
Tennessee, An Act to Punish Sheriffs Who Permit Prisoners in Their Custody to Be Put to Death by Violence, 1881
"Report to the Governor," December 11, 1883
"Law and Order," 1886
"A Lynching in Ohio," 1895
"Needs of the Farmers' Wives and Daughters," 1897
"Government, Crime, and Lynching," October 27, 1897
"Mrs. Fellows's Speech," 1898
"Sam Hose," 1899
Report of Debate at the Alabama Constitutional Convention, June 22, 1901
Justice Melville W. Fuller, Opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. Shipp, 1909
Sheriff Jack Griffin Sr., Testimony in State v. Oscar Gordon and Oscar Gordon Jr., July 1933
Western Lynching in an Industrializing Age
"Popular Tribunals," 1887
"The People Execute the Law," 1887
"A Righteous Execution," 1887
"The Johnson County War," 1892
"The Virginian," 1902
Alvey A. Adee to Consul-General Donnelly, August 16, 1897
Report of Consul-General Donnelly, September 13, 1897
"A Swine," 1914
"At the Last Hour," 1914
"Plan of San Diego," 1915
"Pascual Orozco and the Fugitive Law," 1915
"Reprisals Feared for the Death of Pascual Orozco," 1915
"The Ox-Bow Incident," 1940
The Limits of Progressive Reform
"What Is Lynching?" 1905
"Both Lynched: Holberts, Man and Woman, Captured Near Itta Bena," 1904
"Most Horrible Details of the Burning at the Stake of the Holberts," 1904
"Editor J. A. Richardson Talks about Indianola Post Office and Doddsville Burning," 1904
"The Lynching of Jesus," 1905
"Hearst Comes to Atlanta," 1926
"Rise! People of Georgia!" 1915
"The Voice of the People Is the Voice of God!" 1915
"Mary Phagan Speaks," 1915
"Mary Turner Lynching," 1918
Hugh Dorsey Answers Colored Welfare League of Augusta, 1918
Frank Hicks, Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, May 2, 1921
Mitchell G. Hall to the U.S. Attorney General, 1921
"New Wrinkle in Mobbery," 1925
Federal Law against Mob Law
Moses Love & Co. to President William McKinley, December 4, 1899
James B. Moseley to President William McKinley, February 23, 1900
Abial Lathrop to Attorney General, March 5, 1898
Ida B. Wells's Petition on Behalf of Frazier Baker's Widow and Children, 1898
Abial Lathrop to Attorney General, April 18, 1898
State Sovereignty and Lynching, 1898
Federal Jurisdiction, 1898
Grand Jury Indictment in Frazier Baker Case, 1898
Lavinia Baker's Testimony, 1899
George Legare, Argument for the Defense in the Frazier Baker Case, 1899
"A Brief Inquiry into a Federal Remedy for Lynching," 1902
Thomas Goode Jones, Charge to the Grand Jury, October 11, 1904
Judge Thomas Goode Jones, Opinion in Ex parte Riggins, 1904
"A Statement to the American People," July 26, 1918
J. E. Boyd to President Woodrow Wilson, November 19, 1920
Ara Lee Settle of Armstrong Technical High School, Washington, D.C., to President Warren G. Harding, June 18, 1922
The New Deal
"The Marianna, Florida, Lynching," November 20, 1934
Walter White to Attorney General Homer Cummings, December 29, 1936
Walter White to Attorney General Homer Cummings, January 5, 1937
Eleanor Roosevelt to Steven Early, August 8, 1935
"Lynching by Blow Torch," April 13, 1937
"The Federal Civil Right 'Not to Be Lynched,'" February 1943
Justice William O. Douglas, Opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court, in Screws v. United States, 1945
Albert Harris Jr., Affidavit, August 29, 1946
Theron L. Caudle to Malcolm Lefargue, March 5, 1947
Malcolm Lefargue to Theron L. Caudle, March 11, 1947
Turner L. Smith Memorandum to Theron L. Caudle, March 17, 1947
High-Tech Lynchings
Jessie Lee Sammons Statement, Greenville, S.C., February 19, 1947
"Opera in Greenville," 1947
"The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi," January 24, 1956
St. John Barrett to Brooks and Kehoe, December 21, 1959
"The Ideology of Vigilantism," 1969
"Legal and Behavioral Perspectives on American Vigilantism," 1971
Supreme Court of Alabama, Opinion in Henry F. Hays v. State of Alabama, 1985
"Further Testimony of Hon. Clarence Thomas, of Georgia, to Be Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court," 1991
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