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The Making of a Lynching Culture: Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836-1916

 
 
 
 
The Making of a Lynching Culture: Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836-1916
Author: William D. Carrigan
ISBN 13: 9780252074301
ISBN 10: 252074300
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: 2006-08-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 328
List Price: $26.00
 
 

Beginning with the 1836 independence of Texas, The Making of a Lynching Culture re-examines traditional explanations of lynching, including the role of the frontier, economic tensions, and political conflicts. It also addresses acts of violence ignored or marginalized in many studies of lynching, notably citizen violence against Native Americans and vigilante executions of Anglo Americans. Using a voluminous body of court records, newspaper accounts, oral histories, and other sources, William D. Carrigan shows how conventional notions of justice and historical memory were reshaped to glorify violence and foster a culture that legitimized lynching.