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

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University of Illinois Press, 2006 - History - 308 pages
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On May 15, 1916, a crowd of 15,000 witnessed the lynching of an 18-year-old black farm worker. Most central Texans of the time failed to call for the punishment of the mob's leaders. This work seeks to explain how a culture of violence that nourished this practice could form and endure for so long among ordinary people.

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Carrigan is assistant professor of history at Rowan University.

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