Work of the Fellows: Edited Volumes

Under Sentence of Death: Lynching in the South

Brundage, W. Fitzhugh (Fellow, 1995-96), ed.

Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997

From the publisher's description:

From the assembled work of fifteen leading scholars emerges a complex and provocative portrait of lynching in the American South. With subjects ranging in time from the late antebellum period to the early twentieth century, and in place from the border states to the Deep South, this collection of essays provides a rich comparative context in which to study the troubling history of lynching. Covering a broad spectrum of methodologies, these essays further expand the study of lynching by exploring such topics as same-race lynchings, black resistance to white violence, and the political motivations for lynching. In addressing both the history and the legacy of lynching, the book raises important questions about Southern history, race relations, and the nature of American violence. Though focused on events in the South, these essays speak to patterns of violence, injustice, and racism that have plagued the entire nation.


Subjects: History;; American History; American South; Lynching; Racism;