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On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-first Century

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Nearly 5,000 black Americans were lynched between 1890 and 1960. Over forty years later, Sherrilyn Ifill's On the Courthouse Lawn examines the numerous ways that this racial trauma still resounds across the United States. While the lynchings and their immediate aftermath were devastating, the little-known contemporary consequences, such as the marginalization of political ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Feb 19, 2014 Adam rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Adam by: Prof. Stevenson
A thoughtful and thoughtprovoking expose. Professor Ifill challenges readers to find ways to confront the ugly history of lynching and the lasting scars that a failure to confront has left upon society and individuals.

Focusing primarily on Maryland's Eastern Shore, On the Courthouse Lawn documents in great detail a number of 20th century lynchings, many of which happened at or around local courthouses. This is not simple a show-and-tell tale though. Professor Ifill shows in great detail the grea
A very tough subject, often gripping for its story of man's inhumanity to man. What a horrific chapter in US History. The scary part of these accounts is that they took place on the eastern Shore of Maryland in the 1930s. People who were involved or complacent witnesses were alive at the same time as I, so this can not be dismissed as the far away past. Ifill, a civil rights lawyer and law professor paints a truly heart wrenching picture of the nature of lynching in society, and how it shaped bo ...more
Thomas DeWolf
There is one way to understand why we are where we are today; that is to understand history. So much of history has been white-washed, sanitized, hidden from us. This powerful book shines a light on one aspect of history that is difficult to face: the legacy of lynching of African American people in the United States. Ifill makes a powerful case for communities to confront their own history of lynching and racism and for readers to examine our own lives for ways in which we continue to be uncons ...more
Feb 08, 2009 Jessie added it
Ifill posted at Beacon Broadside about the strange contrast between last fall, when nooses and racial tension filled the news, and where we seem to be now: on the brink of nominating our first black presidential candidate. She's a phenomenal writer.
A powerful introduction to the intersecting issues of race, history, and reconciliation on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The writing is concise but effective in capturing the chilling character of the events the author describes.
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