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By Philip Dray

ISBN-10: 0307430669

ISBN-13: 9780307430663

One can slash from our country's brutal historical past of lynching. Lynching is termed the final nice skeleton in our nation's closet: It terrorized all of black the USA, claimed millions upon hundreds of thousands of sufferers within the many years among the Eighties and the second one international conflict, and leaves invisible yet deep scars to today. the price of pushing lynching into the shadows, however--misremembering it as remoted acts perpetrated by means of bigots on society's fringes--is insupportably excessive: till we know the way pervasive and socially authorised the perform was--and, extra very important, why this was once so--it will hang-out all efforts at racial reconciliation.

"I couldn't suppress the thought," James Baldwin as soon as recalled of seeing the crimson clay hills of Georgia on his first journey to the South, "that this earth had bought its colour from the blood that had dripped down from those trees." all through the United States, not only within the South, blacks accused of a crime--or in basic terms of violating social or racial customs--were hunted by way of mobs, kidnapped from jails, and given precis "justice" in blatant defiance of all promises of due procedure less than legislations. women and men have been shot, hanged, tortured, and burned, frequently in sadistic, picnic-like "spectacle lynchings" concerning millions of witnesses. "At the fingers of people unknown" used to be the reliable verdict rendered on each one of these atrocities.

The celebrated historian Philip Dray shines a transparent, brilliant mild in this darkish history--its motives, perpetrators, apologists, and sufferers. He additionally tells the tale of the lads and girls who led the lengthy and hard struggle to reveal and remove lynching, together with Ida B. Wells, James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, and W.E.B. Du Bois. If lynching is emblematic of what's worst approximately the US, their struggle may well stand for what's most sensible: the affection of justice and equity and the conviction that one individual's experience of correct can suffice to defy the gravest of wrongs. This landmark booklet follows the trajectory of either forces over American history--and makes the historical past of lynching belong to us all.

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