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Popular Justice: A History Of Lynching In America

(American Ways Series)

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Lynching has often been called "America's national crime" that has defined the tradition of extralegal violence in America. Having claimed many thousand victims, "Judge Lynch" holds a firm place in the dark recesses of our national memory. In Popular Justice, Manfred Berg explores the history of lynching from the colonial era to the present. American lynch law, he argues, ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published March 16th 2011 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher
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Joshua Justice
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
With Popular Justice, historian Manfred Berg is seeking to provide a history of lynching that examines the subject not through the idea that lynchers were monsters and the act itself an anomaly that is part of America’s past, but rather he is providing a survey of lynching that shows a slow evolution from mob driven public violence to state sanctioned executions.

Berg’s thesis is not that lynching has disappeared, but rather morphed into “legitimate” state violence. This legitimized violence of
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David Ward
Aug 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Popular Justice: A History of Lynching in America by Manfred Berg (Ivan R. Dee 2011)(364.134) is an interesting history. A sheriff - jailer named W.T. Cate from Knox County, Tennessee in August 1921 backed down a mob that had come to lynch a prisoner when he literally "drew a line in the sand." (p. 157). My rating: 6/10, finished 8/31/11.
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