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American Lynching

Ashraf H. A. Rushdy


This book explains how lynching arose precisely out of an ideology of the sense of the rights accrued to someone possessing democratic freedom, and the sense that those rights were directly and formally a product of the earliest and most essential mandates of a slave society. Lynching can be broadly defined as the extralegal pursuit of vengeance against an offender of communal moral standards. The rationales and justifications that lynchers and their apologists produced to tease out the defenses of lynching reveal about American political discourse of all kinds are examined in this book. The m ... More

Keywords: lynching, vengeance, democratic freedom, slave society, lynchers, American political discourse, high-technology lynching

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780300181388
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300181388.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ashraf H. A. Rushdy, author