Making a National Crime: The Transformation of US Lynching Politics 1883-1930 Public Deposited

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  • Seguin, Charles
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • Between the Post-Civil War Reconstruction era and stretching into the beginning of the Civil Rights era, a dramatic shift occurred in the public representations of lynching. Lynching was originally framed as a form of rough justice and popular sovereignty—a necessary response to the heinous crimes of blacks and slow courts. But, over this period, roughly 1883-1930, lynching came to be understood as a form of brutality, anarchy, and “barbarism”. This dissertation addresses the causes and consequences of the changing meanings of lynching. I argue that lynching was increasingly criticized as lynch mobs victimized people from outside of the usual black Southern victims, and thus expanded the scope of anti-lynching politics.
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  • Baumgartner, Frank
  • Kurzman, Charles
  • Andrews, Kenneth
  • Bail, Christopher
  • Caren, Neal
  • Brundage, W. Fitzhugh
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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