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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 Age of Lynching

The Age of Lynching

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American Lynching

Ashraf H. A. Rushdy

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the period between 1880 and 1930, known as the Age of Lynching, and describes the numerous lynchings during those years. The period from the end of Reconstruction until the end of the Depression is referred to as the age of lynching for several reasons because lynching assumed a new prominence and importance in American culture and became, in effect, a gauge of that culture. Lynching in America during this era was as much an issue in debates about foreign policy as it was in those about domestic politics, and social psychologists have traced it to revivalist religious sensibilities, displaced aggression, and the emergence of an authoritarian personality in the mob leaders. Thus, the age of lynching produced is an agency deeply representative of much unspoken public sentiment.

Keywords:   Age of Lynching, American culture, public sentiment, domestic politics

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