Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-6

Contents

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pp. 7-8

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

I could not have completed this work without the expert advice and assistance of many archivists and librarians who are too numerous to name individually. I benefited greatly from the assistance of the archival staff at ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-12

At Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln expressed hope that the unprecedented bloodshed of the Civil War would result in a “new birth of freedom” for the American nation, but in the aftermath of the war, white and black southerners engaged in a relentless cycle of violence over ...

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1. “Strictly a White Man’s Country,with a White Man’s Civilization: Lynching in Mississippi

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pp. 13-34

On the afternoon of 26 June 1919, several thousand Mississippians from around Ellisville in Jones County watched eagerly as a mob hanged John Hartfield from a tree near the same spot where Hartfield ...

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2. “To Hell with the Constitution”: Lynching in South Carolina

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pp. 35-57

At the 1912 meeting of the National Governors Association, South Carolina governor Coleman Blease stridently informed his esteemed colleagues that nothing could come between him and the “protection of the white women ...

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3“No Rights for the Negro Which a White Man Is Bound to Respect”: Lynching and Political Power in Mississippi and South Carolina

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pp. 58-101

The desire among some southern whites to invalidate the effects of emancipation and the enfranchisement of black males contributed to an onslaught of terroristic violence that manifested itself in lynching and other forms of repression and coercion. Whites attempted to ...

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4. “The Equal of Some White Menand the Superior of Others”: African American Victims of Lynching

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pp. 102-143

African American resistance to racial oppression resulted in lynching becoming an integral feature of the southern caste system. In the predominantly rural states of Mississippi and South Carolina, landlord-tenant relations were rife with racial conflict; hence, the majority of ...

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5. “An Example Must Be Made”: Lynch Mobs and the Response of African Americans

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pp. 144-185

The size, purpose, and nature of lynch mobs varied across time and space. During the first phase of the lynching epidemic, white-only mobs avoided directing their fury against the African American community as a whole, and some African Americans participated in lynch mobs that ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 186-190

In January 1938, as the lynching era drew to a close, the U.S. Senate debated a federal antilynching bill that would have given federal courts jurisdiction in lynchings that were committed by three or more people. At the time, the senior senator from Mississippi ...

Notes

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pp. 191-224

Index

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pp. 225-231

The American South Series

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pp. 233-233