From the assembled work of fifteen leading scholars emerges a
complex and provocative portrait of lynching in the American South.
With subjects ranging in time from the late antebellum period to
the early twentieth century, and in place from the border states to
the Deep South, this collection of essays provides a rich
comparative context in which to study the troubling history of
lynching. Covering a broad spectrum of methodologies, these essays
further expand the study of lynching by exploring such topics as
same-race lynchings, black resistance to white violence, and the
political motivations for lynching. In addressing both the history
and the legacy of lynching, the book raises important questions
about Southern history, race relations, and the nature of American
violence. Though focused on events in the South, these essays speak
to patterns of violence, injustice, and racism that have plagued
the entire nation. The contributors are Bruce E. Baker, E. M. Beck,
W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Joan E. Cashin, Paula Clark, Thomas G. Dyer,
Terence Finnegan, Larry J. Griffin, Nancy MacLean, William S.
McFeely, Joanne C. Sandberg, Patricia A. Schechter, Roberta
Senechal de la Roche, Stewart E. Tolnay, and George C. Wright.