Lynching in the New South
About the BookLynching was a national crime. But it obsessed the South. W. Fitzhugh Brundage's multidisciplinary approach to the complex nature of lynching delves into the such extrajudicial murders in two states: Virginia, the southern state with the fewest lynchings; and Georgia, where 460 lynchings made the state a measure of race relations in the Deep South. Brundage's analysis addresses three central questions: How can we explain variations in lynching over regions and time periods? To what extent was lynching a social ritual that affirmed traditional white values and white supremacy? And, what were the causes of the decline of lynching at the end of the 1920s?
A groundbreaking study, Lynching in the New South is a classic portrait of the tradition of violence that poisoned American life.
"The research is formidable, the analysis sophisticated. Clearly, this is the best work ever written on lynching."--Numan V. Bartley, author of The Rise of Massive Resistance: Race and Politics in the South during the 1950s