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After observing the varying reactions to the 1998 death of James Byrd Jr. in Texas, called a lynching by some, denied by others, Ashraf Rushdy determined that to comprehend this event he needed to understand the long history of lynching in the United States. In this meticulously researched and accessibly written interpretive history, Rushdy shows how lynching in America ha ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Yale University Press
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Reginald Simms
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Gives an accommodating but also specific redefinition of what a lynching is. The author gives a different framework for what lynching is and how it came about. The usual way people have thought of lynching is a specific act but looking at it from a historical standpoint gives it a continuity to transcends the traditional narrow definition. Rushdy also uses the history of African Americans as the foundational basis towards understanding what and how lynching came about and how it has changed over ...more
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NEWTON/Adult 364.134 R89A 2012
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Amazing depiction of the transitional violence between Reconstruction and the era of lynching! Will definitely use in my research!
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Ashraf H.A. Rushdy is a Professor of African American Studies and English at Wesleyan University.

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