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Racial Violence in Kentucky, 1865–1942
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“Wright vividly portrays the clash between racist militants and blacks who would not submit to terror. The book makes clear the brutality concealed beneath the surface veneer of moderation.” —Journal of Southern History In this investigative look into Kentucky’s race relations from the end of the Civil War to 1940, George C. Wright brings to light a consistent pattern of legally sanctioned and extralegal violence employed to ensure that blacks knew their “place” after the war. In the first study of its kind to target the racial patterns of a specific state, Wright demonstrates that despite Kentucky’s proximity to the North, its black population was subjected to racial oppression every bit as severe and prolonged as that found farther south. His examination of the causes and extent of racial violence, and of the steps taken by blacks and concerned whites to end the brutality, has implications for race relations throughout the United States.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 8-13
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Introduction: Kentucky Violence, Severe and Long Lasting
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. ONE: Reconstruction: Using Violence to Preserve the Status Quo, 1865–1874
  2. pp. 19-60
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  1. TWO: "Lynchings Are Necessary," 1875–1899
  2. pp. 61-104
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  1. THREE: "To Hang in an Orderly Fashion," 1900–1940
  2. pp. 105-126
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  1. FOUR: Ousting "Troublemakers"
  2. pp. 127-154
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  1. FIVE: Holding Back a Rising Tide, 1875–1899
  2. pp. 155-184
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  1. SIX: Meeting Mob Violence with Renewed Determination, 1900–1940
  2. pp. 185-214
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  1. SEVEN: "A Sacrifice Upon the Altar of the Law," 1875–1899
  2. pp. 215-250
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  1. EIGHT: Color-Coded Justice: Racial Violence Under the Law, 1900–1940
  2. pp. 251-306
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  1. APPENDIX A: Victims of Lynchings
  2. pp. 307-324
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  1. APPENDIX B: Names of People Legally Executed
  2. pp. 325-332
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 333-342
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 343-350
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