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History 340 Topics in African American History: Lynching  

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To tell the truth freely : the life of Ida B. Wells / - Mia Bay
Call Number: E185.97.W55 B39 2009
ISBN: 0809095297
Born to slaves in 1862, Ida B. Wells became a fearless antilynching crusader, women's rights advocate, and journalist. Wells's refusal to accept any compromise on racial inequality caused her to be labeled a "dangerous radical" in her day but made her a model for later civil rights activists as well as a powerful witness to the troubled racial politics of her era. In the richly illustrated To Tell the Truth Freely, the historian Mia Bay vividly captures Wells's legacy and life, from her childhood in Mississippi to her early career in late nineteenth-century Memphis and her later life in Progressive-era Chicago.

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Devil's sanctuary : an eyewitness history of Mississippi hate crimes / - Alex A. Alston, Jr. and James L. Dickerson
Call Number: HV6773.53.M7 A47 2009
ISBN: 1556527632
Lynchings, beatings, arson, denial of rights, false imprisonment--the civil rights era brought attention to these heinous offenses that were the status quo for African Americans in many areas of the country. And no state was more notorious as a sanctuary for the murderers and perpetrators of hate crimes than Mississippi. In 1956 state lawmakers installed the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission to preserve segregation and "Mississippi Values" by declaring the state outside the jurisdiction of the federal government.

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At the hands of persons unknown : the lynching of Black America / - Philip Dray
Call Number: HV6464 .D73 2002
ISBN: 0375503242
It is easy to shrink from our country’s brutal history of lynching. Lynching is called the last great skeleton in our nation’s closet: It terrorized all of black America, claimed thousands upon thousands of victims in the decades between the 1880s and the Second World War, and leaves invisible but deep scars to this day. The cost of pushing lynching into the shadows, however—misremembering it as isolated acts perpetrated by bigots on society’s fringes—is insupportably high: Until we understand how pervasive and socially accepted the practice was—and, more important, why this was so—it will haunt all efforts at racial reconciliation.

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This mob will surely take my life : lynchings in the Carolinas, 1871-1947 / - Bruce E. Baker
Call Number: HV6465.N67 B354 2008X
ISBN: 1847252389
A comprehensive history of lynching and mob violence in North and South Carolina, focusing on seven specific case studies from the region.

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