Racial Violence in Kentucky, 1865–1942
Lynchings, Mob Rule, and "Legal Lynchings"
Publication Year: 1996
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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One of the most enjoyable aspects of writing a book is to thank all of the people who have contributed in some way. My research began during the 1983...
Introduction: Kentucky Violence, Severe and Long Lasting
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This study of racial violence in Kentucky is an outgrowth of my book on Louisville blacks from 1865 to 1930. That study centered on the concept of...
ONE: Reconstruction: Using Violence to Preserve the Status Quo, 1865–1874
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The end of the Civil War ushered in a prolonged period of racial violence in Kentucky. This violence would be just as severe and long-lasting as that found in the Deep South, but too often it escaped the immediate attention...
TWO: "Lynchings Are Necessary," 1875–1899
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Hallie Erminie Rives published a novel, Smoking Flax, to justify the lynchings...
THREE: "To Hang in an Orderly Fashion," 1900–1940
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From 1900 to 1940, 70 people—61 blacks and 9 whites—were lynched in Kentucky, a considerable...
FOUR: Ousting "Troublemakers"
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Mob rule, like lynchings, was another tactic used by Kentucky whites to get rid of offending blacks and to warn others of what could happen to them for overstepping their bounds. Yet, in one respect, mob rule differed...
FIVE: Holding Back a Rising Tide, 1875–1899
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Afro-Americans consistently attempted to end the numerous lawless acts occurring...
SIX: Meeting Mob Violence with Renewed Determination, 1900–1940
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The twentieth century would see the continuation of efforts to eliminate mob violence in Kentucky. Just like William O. Bradley before them, various governors...
SEVEN: "A Sacrifice Upon the Altar of the Law," 1875–1899
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When a rumor began circulating in Mayfleld on January 12, 1898, that a young white girl named Tennie Bailey had been raped, attention centered...
EIGHT: Color-Coded Justice: Racial Violence Under the Law, 1900–1940
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The conviction that Afro-Americans should be severely punished for their perceived and real transgressions was, of course, nothing new, but in the period...
APPENDIX A: Victims of Lynchings
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APPENDIX B: Names of People Legally Executed
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Page Count: 368
Publication Year: 1996