A Festival of Violence: An Analysis of Southern Lynchings, 1882-1930

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University of Illinois Press, Jan 1, 1995 - History - 297 pages
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A statistical study of lynching in ten southern states which shows that economic and status concerns were at the heart of that violent practice. This book tests explanations of the causes of lynching, using US Census and historical voting data and a newly constructed inventory of southern lynch victims.
  

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Contents

A Legacy of Racial Violence
1
A Portrait of the Lynching Era 18801930
17
Social Threat Competition and Mob Violence
55
Lynching as Popular Justice
86
The Role of King Cotton
119
Southern Politics and Lynching 18801900
166
The Great Migration and the Demise of Lynching
202
The Tragedy of Lynching An Overview
239
The Creation of a New Inventory of Southern Lynchings
259
Types of Errors and Other Problems in Existing Inventories
265
Miscellaneous Tables
269
References
277
Index
289
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Stewart Tolnay is S. Frank Miyamoto Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington.

Beck, professor of sociology at the University of Georgia, has completed a monograph on Southern lynchings and is continuing his interest in race and violence by examining racial violence in the twentieth century.

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