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The Mode of Lynching: One Method of Vigilante Justice

This article examines the act of lynching as a method of vigilante justice, and how the slippery nature of this term is best understood first and foremost as such. It is the fact that lynching is a method of vigilante justice that has allowed it to be justified across different regions, and for differing contexts to gain support and positive portrayal in the American imaginary through an analysis of lynching narratives across time, space, and forms.