Lynching in North Carolina: A History, 1865-1941 (Hardback)Vann R. Newkirk (author)
Hardback 206 Pages / Published: 15/02/2009
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From the end of the Civil War until the mid - 1920s, the culture of lynching prospered in North Carolina. Between 1865 and 1941, 168 North Carolinians lost their lives to this form of mob violence. Primarily directed at blacks, lynching was often justified by the perpetrators as a means of controlling sectors of the black population; protecting the wives and daughters; and defending their family honor. Legal attempts to deter lynching - including the 1893 law that classified lynching as a felony and sought to hold the applicable county liable for damages - were ineffective because of a lack of support on the local level and ineffectual enforcement from state officials.Changing economic and racial conditions combined with political competition spurred by the Democratic Party's attempts to fore stay the rising ascendancy of the Republicans added to social unrest, allowing governmental leaders to pray on the fears of lower-class whites and further fuel the mob mentality. After 1922, however, in a phenomenon unique to North Carolina, lynching incidents inexplicably and rapidly declined, prompting the state to head a national movement to end this form of mob violence. Appendices provide a list of all 168 lynching occurrences, including a detailed account of the more notable instances.
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Number of pages: 206
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 155 x 15 mm
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