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Lynching and Spectacle
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Lynch mobs in late 19th- and early 20th-century America often exacted horrifying public torture and mutilation on their victims. Amy Wood explains what it meant for white Americans to perform and witness these sadistic spectacles and what they derived from them. Lynching, Wood argues, overlapped with a wide range of cultural practices and performances, both traditional and modern, including public executions, religious rituals, photography, and cinema. The connections between lynching and these practices encouraged the horrific violence committed and gave it social acceptability.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. PART I: SPECTACLE
  2. p. 17
  1. 1. They Want to See the Thing Done: Public Executions
  2. pp. 19-44
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  1. 2. A Hell of Fire upon Earth: Religion
  2. pp. 45-68
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  1. PART II: WITNESSING
  2. p. 69
  1. 3. The Spectator Has a Picture in His Mind to Remember for a Long Time: Photography
  2. pp. 71-111
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  1. 4. They Never Witnessed Such a Melodrama: Early Moving Pictures
  2. pp. 113-145
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  1. 5. With the Roar of Thunder: The Birth of a Nation
  2. pp. 147-176
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  1. PART III: BEARING WITNESS
  2. p. 177
  1. 6. We Wanted to Be Boosters and Not Knockers: Photography and Antilynching Activism
  2. pp. 179-221
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  1. 7. Bring Home to America What Mob Violence Really Means: Hollywood's Spectacular Indictment
  2. pp. 223-260
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 261-269
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 271-317
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 319-338
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 339-349
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