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The tragedy of lynching
Raper, Arthur Franklin, 1899-1979.
Publication Information:
Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2003.
Physical Description:
viii, 499 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
"An unabridged republication of the work originally published in 1933 by The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill"--T.p. verso.

Presented by the Southern Commission on the Study of Lynching.
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Thorough accounts and analyses of more than 20 lynchings that occurred in America during 1930, prepared by a commission composed of Southern scholars and investigators. Each lynching is examined in detail, including the formation of the mob, behavior of the police, and economic background of the area where the crime occurred.

Table of Contents

George Fort Milton
Introductionp. v
Part 1 The Toll of the Mobp. 1
I. Salient Facts about Lynchings in 1930p. 3
II. General Aspects of Lynchingp. 25
III. The Tragedy of the Mobp. 40
Part 2 Lynchings in Black Belt Countiesp. 55
IV. "Blue Eyed Niggers"p. 59
V. "Decent Burial" for Lynched Pairp. 85
VI. "Imperial Bolivar" and What It Meansp. 94
VII. North Carolina Slips Backp. 107
VIII. "Red-Boned Nigger from Louisiana"p. 125
Part 3 Lynchings in Southeast Georgiap. 139
IX. Lynched after an All-Night Man-Huntp. 141
X. He Angered the "Lily Whites"p. 172
XI. Lynched in His Cellp. 203
XII. The Sheriff Keeps Faith with the Mobp. 233
Part 4 Lynchings in Piedmont Countiesp. 261
XIII. "Framed" and Lynchedp. 263
XIV. Twenty Minutes Latep. 286
XV. Mobs--"Orderly" and Disorderlyp. 302
Part 5 Mob Outbreaks in North Texas and Central Oklahomap. 317
XVI. Burning Down the Courthousep. 319
XVII. No Property Destroyedp. 356
XVIII. Death in Cell by Gun and Knifep. 369
Part 6 Lynchings Outside the Southp. 384
XIX. A Public Affairp. 387
XX. Chained to Ridge Pole and Burnedp. 407
Part 7 Foiling the Mobp. 441
XXI. Protecting Their Prisonersp. 443
XXII. Cooperation of Police and Courtsp. 454
Lynchings in 1930, 1931, 1932p. 469
Threatened Lynchings Prevented 1930-33p. 473
Lynchings by Years, by Causes, etc.p. 480