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Beast in Florida
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A symbolic embodiment of racial violence and hatred, "The Beast" openly prowled the nation between the Civil War and the civil rights movement. The reasons it appeared varied, with psychological, political, and economic dynamics all playing a part, but the outcome was always brutal--if not deadly.

From the bombing of Harriette and Harry T. Moore's home on Christmas Day to Willie James Howard's murder, from the Rosewood massacre to the Newberry Six lynchings, Marvin Dunn offers an encyclopedic catalogue of The Beast's rampages in Florida. Instead of simply taking snapshots of incidents, Dunn provides context for a century's worth of racial violence by examining communities over time. Crucial insights from interviews with descendants of both perpetrators and victims shape this study of Florida’s grim racial history. Rather than pointing fingers and placing blame, The Beast in Florida allows voices and facts to speak for themselves, facilitating a conversation on the ways in which racial violence changed both black and white lives forever.

With this comprehensive and balanced look at racially motivated events, Dunn reveals the Sunshine State's too-often forgotten--or intentionally hidden--past. The result is a panorama of compelling human stories: its emergent dialogue challenges conceptions of what created and maintained The Beast.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Dedication Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. 1: The Contexts of Anti-Black Violence in Florida
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 2: The Oppression of Florida Blacks
  2. pp. 21-38
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  1. 3: Post-Civil War Anti-Black Violence
  2. pp. 39-78
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  1. 4: Pre-Rosewood Anti-Black Violence: Selected Incidents (1916–1922)
  2. pp. 79-96
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  1. 5: The Rosewood Massacre (1923)
  2. pp. 97-138
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  1. 6: Post-Rosewood Incidents (1934–1945)
  2. pp. 139-164
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  1. 7: Pre-Civil Rights Era Anti-Black Violence: Selected Incidents (1949–1951)
  2. pp. 165-186
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  1. Appendix: Florida Lynching Victims, 1882–1930
  2. pp. 187-206
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 207-208
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 209-226
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 227-232
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 233-243
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