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The Cross and the Lynching Tree

The Cross and the Lynching Tree
A Book

by James H. Cone

  • Publisher : Orbis Books
  • Release : 2011
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN : 160833001X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A landmark in the conversation about race and religion in America. "They put him to death by hanging him on a tree." Acts 10:39 The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful new work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk. Both the cross and the lynching tree represent the worst in human beings and at the same time a thirst for life that refuses to let the worst determine our final meaning. While the lynching tree symbolized white power and "black death," the cross symbolizes divine power and "black life" God overcoming the power of sin and death. For African Americans, the image of Jesus, hung on a tree to die, powerfully grounded their faith that God was with them, even in the suffering of the lynching era. In a work that spans social history, theology, and cultural studies, Cone explores the message of the spirituals and the power of the blues; the passion and of Emmet Till and the engaged vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.; he invokes the spirits of Billie Holliday and Langston Hughes, Fannie Lou Hamer and Ida B. Well, and the witness of black artists, writers, preachers, and fighters for justice. And he remembers the victims, especially the 5,000 who perished during the lynching period. Through their witness he contemplates the greatest challenge of any Christian theology to explain how life can be made meaningful in the face of death and injustice.

The Lynching of Emmett Till

The Lynching of Emmett Till
A Documentary Narrative

by Christopher Metress

  • Publisher : University of Virginia Press
  • Release : 2002
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN : 9780813921228
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Uses excerpts from newspapers and editorials and accounts of the murder and trial to examine the lynching of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in 1955, in a volume which also contains selections from poems, songs, interviews, essays, and memoirs relating to the incident.

The Lynching of Louie Sam

The Lynching of Louie Sam
A Book

by Elizabeth Stewart

  • Publisher : Annick Press
  • Release : 2012-06
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781554514380
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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After Native American Louie Sam is suspected of killing someone, he is chased into Canada and lynched, but teenager George Gillies, a newcomer to Washington Territory, doesn't think Louie was guilty and sets out to investigate.

The Lynching of Cleo Wright

The Lynching of Cleo Wright
A Book

by Dominic J. Capeci

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1998-05-08
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Explores the long range impact of the January 1942 lynching upon the civil rights of African Americans

At the Hands of Persons Unknown

At the Hands of Persons Unknown
The Lynching of Black America

by Philip Dray

  • Publisher : Modern Library
  • Release : 2007-12-18
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN : 0307430669
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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WINNER OF THE SOUTHERN BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTION • “A landmark work of unflinching scholarship.”—The New York Times This extraordinary account of lynching in America, by acclaimed civil rights historian Philip Dray, shines a clear, bright light on American history’s darkest stain—illuminating its causes, perpetrators, apologists, and victims. Philip Dray also tells the story of the men and women who led the long and difficult fight to expose and eradicate lynching, including Ida B. Wells, James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, and W.E.B. Du Bois. If lynching is emblematic of what is worst about America, their fight may stand for what is best: the commitment to justice and fairness and the conviction that one individual’s sense of right can suffice to defy the gravest of wrongs. This landmark book follows the trajectory of both forces over American history—and makes lynching’s legacy belong to us all. Praise for At the Hands of Persons Unknown “In this history of lynching in the post-Reconstruction South—the most comprehensive of its kind—the author has written what amounts to a Black Book of American race relations.”—The New Yorker “A powerfully written, admirably perceptive synthesis of the vast literature on lynching. It is the most comprehensive social history of this shameful subject in almost seventy years and should be recognized as a major addition to the bibliography of American race relations.”—David Levering Lewis “An important and courageous book, well written, meticulously researched, and carefully argued.”—The Boston Globe “You don’t really know what lynching was until you read Dray’s ghastly accounts of public butchery and official complicity.”—Time

Behind the Lynching of Emmet Louis Till

Behind the Lynching of Emmet Louis Till
A Book

by Louis E. Burnham

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1955
  • Pages : 15
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Lynching

The Lynching
The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan

by Laurence Leamer

  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 2016-06-07
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 0062458353
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Kennedy Women chronicles the powerful and spellbinding true story of a brutal race-based killing in 1981 and subsequent trials that undid one of the most pernicious organizations in American history—the Ku Klux Klan. On a Friday night in March 1981 Henry Hays and James Knowles scoured the streets of Mobile in their car, hunting for a black man. The young men were members of Klavern 900 of the United Klans of America. They were seeking to retaliate after a largely black jury could not reach a verdict in a trial involving a black man accused of the murder of a white man. The two Klansmen found nineteen-year-old Michael Donald walking home alone. Hays and Knowles abducted him, beat him, cut his throat, and left his body hanging from a tree branch in a racially mixed residential neighborhood. Arrested, charged, and convicted, Hays was sentenced to death—the first time in more than half a century that the state of Alabama sentenced a white man to death for killing a black man. On behalf of Michael’s grieving mother, Morris Dees, the legendary civil rights lawyer and cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed a civil suit against the members of the local Klan unit involved and the UKA, the largest Klan organization. Charging them with conspiracy, Dees put the Klan on trial, resulting in a verdict that would level a deadly blow to its organization. Based on numerous interviews and extensive archival research, The Lynching brings to life two dramatic trials, during which the Alabama Klan’s motives and philosophy were exposed for the evil they represent. In addition to telling a gripping and consequential story, Laurence Leamer chronicles the KKK and its activities in the second half the twentieth century, and illuminates its lingering effect on race relations in America today. The Lynching includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs.

Blood Justice

Blood Justice
The Lynching of Mack Charles Parker

by Howard Smead

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release : 1988
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN : 9780195054293
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Reconstructs the case of Mack Charles Parker, a young African-American man who was lynched by a white mob in 1959 after being charged with the rape of a white woman in Poplarville, Mississippi.

The Lynching Tree

The Lynching Tree
A Book

by Michael Stein

  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release : 2016-02-16
  • Pages : 193
  • ISBN : 1504028473
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A white man has been lynched two months before twenty-three-year-old Donald Gambell returns to his New Jersey hometown. As the first black member of the police force, Gambell learns the routines of his new work—the traffic stops and domestic quarrels, the bullying and bragging—from his partner Frank Butras, who refuses to discuss the murder that has left the town shaken. For Gambell, life near his father and sister is familiar in both its comforts and confusions, but his home has changed in ways he finds difficult to understand.

White Man's Heaven

White Man's Heaven
The Lynching and Expulsion of Blacks in the Southern Ozarks, 1894-1909

by Kimberly Harper

  • Publisher : University of Arkansas Press
  • Release : 2010-10-01
  • Pages : 325
  • ISBN : 1557289417
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Drawing on court records, newspaper accounts, penitentiary records, letters, and diaries, White Man’s Heaven is a thorough investigation into the lynching and expulsion of African Americans in the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Kimberly Harper explores events in the towns of Monett, Pierce City, Joplin, and Springfield, Missouri, and Harrison, Arkansas, to show how post–Civil War vigilantism, an established tradition of extralegal violence, and the rapid political, economic, and social change of the New South era happened independently but were also part of a larger, interconnected regional experience. Even though some whites, especially in Joplin and Springfield, tried to stop the violence and bring the lynchers to justice, many African Americans fled the Ozarks, leaving only a resilient few behind and forever changing the racial composition of the region.

The Lynching of Language

The Lynching of Language
Gender, Politics, and Power in the Hill-Thomas Hearings

by Sandra L. Ragan,Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication Sandra L Ragan,Christina Beck,Dianne G. Bystrom,Lynda L. Kaid

  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Release : 1996
  • Pages : 293
  • ISBN : 9780252065170
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Lynching of Mexicans in the Texas Borderlands

The Lynching of Mexicans in the Texas Borderlands
A Book

by Nicholas Villanueva Jr.

  • Publisher : University of New Mexico Press
  • Release : 2017-06-15
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 082635839X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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More than just a civil war, the Mexican Revolution in 1910 triggered hostilities along the border between Mexico and the United States. In particular, the decade following the revolution saw a dramatic rise in the lynching of ethnic Mexicans in Texas. This book argues that ethnic and racial tension brought on by the fighting in the borderland made Anglo-Texans feel justified in their violent actions against Mexicans. They were able to use the legal system to their advantage, and their actions often went unpunished. Villanueva’s work further differentiates the borderland lynching of ethnic Mexicans from the Southern lynching of African Americans by asserting that the former was about citizenship and sovereignty, as many victims’ families had resources to investigate the crimes and thereby place the incidents on an international stage.

The First Waco Horror

The First Waco Horror
The Lynching of Jesse Washington and the Rise of the NAACP

by Patricia Bernstein

  • Publisher : Texas A&M University Press
  • Release : 2006-01-18
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN : 1585445444
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In 1916, in front of a crowd of ten to fifteen thousand cheering spectators watched as seventeen-year-old Jesse Washington, a retarded black boy, was publicly tortured, lynched, and burned on the town square of Waco, Texas. He had been accused and convicted in a kangaroo court for the rape and murder of a white woman. The city’s mayor and police chief watched Washington’s torture and murder and did nothing. Nearby, a professional photographer took pictures to sell as mementos of that day. The stark story and gory pictures were soon printed in The Crisis, the monthly magazine of the fledgling NAACP, as part of that organization’s campaign for antilynching legislation. Even in the vast bloodbath of lynchings that washed across the South and Midwest during the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Waco lynching stood out. The NAACP assigned a young white woman, Elisabeth Freeman, to travel to Waco to investigate, and report back. The evidence she gathered and gave to W. E. B. Du Bois provided grist for the efforts of the NAACP to raise national consciousness of the atrocities being committed and to raise funds to lobby antilynching legislation as well. In the summer of 1916, three disparate forces - a vibrant, growing city bursting with optimism on the blackland prairie of Central Texas, a young woman already tempered in the frontline battles for woman’s suffrage, and a very small organization of grimly determined “progressives” in New York City - collided with each other, with consequences no one could have foreseen. They were brought together irrevocably by the prolonged torture and public murder of Jesse Washington - the atrocity that became known as the Waco Horror. Drawing on extensive research in the national files of the NAACP, local newspapers and archives, and interviews with the descendants of participants in the events of that day, Patricia Bernstein has reconstructed the details of not only the crime but also its aftermath. She has charted the ways the story affected the development of the NAACP and especially the eventual success of its antilynching campaign. She searches for answers to the questions of how participating in such violence affected the lives of the mob leaders, the city officials who stood by passively, and the community that found itself capable of such abject behavior.

The Lynching of Ladies

The Lynching of Ladies
A Book

by Jo Ann Mason

  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release : 2013-10-01
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN : 1483686353
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Lynching of Ladies is the first in a trilogy of memoirs about two best friends. After experiencing one traumatic experience after another, one dresses herself in tenacity and perseverance and the other in self-loathing and defeat. These ladies experience social, emotional, and physical lynchings throughout their young lives. When Casey tells Arianna, “Men go off to war, women go off to men—there are casualties in both,” a turning point begins. Both carry the broken pieces of their adolescence into adulthood, with disastrous results . . . until one day a healthy dose of self-esteem saves one of them in a life-altering way. These events do not happen without much wit and laughter. It is written for women who want to stop being the victim and become the victor. This is a self-help primer for women all over the world, regardless of social station or economic background. It is written to help stop “the lynching of ladies!” None of this happens without much wit and laughter.

Beyond the Rope

Beyond the Rope
The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory

by Karlos K. Hill

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2016-07-11
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 1316790622
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Beyond the Rope is an interdisciplinary study that draws on narrative theory and cultural studies methodologies to trace African Americans' changing attitudes and relationships to lynching over the twentieth century. Whereas African Americans are typically framed as victims of white lynch mob violence in both scholarly and public discourses, Karlos K. Hill reveals that in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries African Americans lynched other African Americans in response to alleged criminality, and that twentieth-century black writers envisaged African American lynch victims as exemplars of heroic manhood. By illuminating the submerged histories of black vigilantism and consolidating narratives of lynching in African American literature that framed black victims of white lynch mob violence as heroic, Hill argues that rather than being static and one dimensional, African American attitudes towards lynching and the lynched black evolved in response to changing social and political contexts.

The Costigan-Wagner and Wagner-Van Nuys Anti-lynching Bills, 1933-1938

The Costigan-Wagner and Wagner-Van Nuys Anti-lynching Bills, 1933-1938
A Book

by Michael Stephan Holmes

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1965
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Lynching of Cleo Wright

The Lynching of Cleo Wright
A Book

by Dominic J. Capeci Jr.

  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release : 2015-01-13
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 0813156467
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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On January 20, 1942, black oil mill worker Cleo Wright assaulted a white woman in her home and nearly killed the first police officer who tried to arrest him. An angry mob then hauled Wright out of jail and dragged him through the streets of Sikeston, Missouri, before burning him alive. Wright's death was, unfortunately, not unique in American history, but what his death meant in the larger context of life in the United States in the twentieth-century is an important and compelling story. After the lynching, the U.S. Justice Department was forced to become involved in civil rights concerns for the first time, provoking a national reaction to violence on the home front at a time when the country was battling for democracy in Europe. Dominic Capeci unravels the tragic story of Wright's life on several stages, showing how these acts of violence were indicative not only of racial tension but the clash of the traditional and the modern brought about by the war. Capeci draws from a wide range of archival sources and personal interviews with the participants and spectators to draw vivid portraits of Wright, his victims, law-enforcement officials, and members of the lynch mob. He places Wright in the larger context of southern racial violence and shows the significance of his death in local, state, and national history during the most important crisis of the twentieth-century.

What Virtue There Is in Fire

What Virtue There Is in Fire
Cultural Memory and the Lynching of Sam Hose

by Edwin T. Arnold

  • Publisher : University of Georgia Press
  • Release : 2012-01-01
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN : 0820340642
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The 1899 lynching of Sam Hose in Newnan, Georgia, was one of the earliest and most gruesome events in a tragic chapter of U.S. history. Hose was a black laborer accused of killing Alfred Cranford, a white farmer, and raping his wife. The national media closely followed the manhunt and Hose’s capture. An armed mob intercepted Hose’s Atlanta-bound train and took the prisoner back to Newnan. There, in front of a large gathering on a Sunday afternoon, Hose was mutilated and set on fire. His body was dismembered and pieces of it were kept by souvenir hunters. Born and raised twenty miles from Newnan, Edwin T. Arnold was troubled and fascinated by the fact that this horrific chain of events had been largely shut out of local public memory. In "What Virtue There Is in Fire," Arnold offers the first in-depth examination of the lynching of Sam Hose. Arnold analyzes newspapers, letters, and speeches to understand reactions to this brutal incident, without trying to resolve the still-disputed facts of the crime. Firsthand accounts were often contradictory, and portrayals of Hose differed starkly--from "black beast" to innocent martyr. Arnold traces how different groups interpreted and co-opted the story for their own purposes through the years. Reflecting on recent efforts to remember the lynching of Sam Hose, Arnold offers the portrait of a place still trying to reconcile itself, a century later, to its painful past.

Terror Flyers

Terror Flyers
The Lynching of American Airmen in Nazi Germany

by Kevin T Hall

  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release : 2021-01-19
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 0253050162
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Terror Flyers examines the "lynch justice" (Lynchjustiz) committed against American airmen in Nazi Germany during World War II. Using engaging first-person accounts of downed pilots, as well as previously unused primary sources, Terror Flyers challenges the notion that such lynchings were exclusively the domain of Nazi party officials and soldiers. New evidence reveals ordinary German people executed Lynchjustiz as well. Initially occurring as a spontaneous reaction to the devastation of the Allied air campaign against the cities of the Third Reich, Lynchjustiz offered the Nazi regime a unique propaganda opportunity to harness the outrage of the German population. Fueled by inspiration from America's own history of the lynching of African Americans, Nazi propaganda exploited the very same imagery found in US publications to escalate the anger of the German people. Drawing heavily on the accounts of the downed airmen themselves, testimonies from the "flyer trials" held in Dachau during 1945–48, and rarely seen Nazi propaganda, Terror Flyers offers a new narrative of this previously overlooked aspect of the Allied campaign in Europe and suggests that at least 3,000 cases of lynch justice likely occurred between 1943 and 1945.

Coatesville and the Lynching of Zachariah Walker

Coatesville and the Lynching of Zachariah Walker
Death in a Pennsylvania Steel Town

by Dennis B. Downey,Raymond M. Hyser

  • Publisher : History Press (SC)
  • Release : 2011
  • Pages : 158
  • ISBN : 9781609492809
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"The present work is a substantial revision of our earlier work entitled No Crooked Death, published by the University of Illinois Press in 1991"--Intro.