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American Lynching$
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Ashraf H. A. Rushdy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300181388

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300181388.001.0001

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The Rise of Lynching

The Rise of Lynching

(p.22) 1 The Rise of Lynching
American Lynching

Ashraf H. A. Rushdy

Yale University Press

This chapter explains the fundamental rise of lynching during the end of the Revolutionary War. Lynchers act with manly sentiment and are simply the only ones who can understand and appreciate the danger they supposedly avenge or avert. Unlike an ephemeral lynch mob, which is traditionally assumed to arise from and violently redress a particular alleged crime, vigilante movements are characterized by their regular organization and their existence for a definite period of time. The story of lynching in the first century of the American nation in the 1880s reveals the ways that mobs of Americans, formed in militias and settlements, acted to punish and terrorize those who struck them as outsiders and who did not share their values, politics, and race.

Keywords:   rise of lynching, lynching, Lynch law, vigilante movements, outsiders

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