Local Sequential Patterns: The Structure of Lynching in the Deep South, 1882-1930

  title={Local Sequential Patterns: The Structure of Lynching in the Deep South, 1882-1930},
  author={Katherine Stovel},
  journal={Social Forces},
  pages={843 - 880}
  • K. Stovel
  • Published 1 March 2001
  • Sociology, Geography
  • Social Forces
White-on-black violence was a fact of life in the Deep South during the decades straddling the turn of the century. Yet though the lynching of blacks is historically significant, it was, statistically speaking, a relatively rare event. While each lynching is associated with a complex and often gruesome narrative, particularities often overwhelm efforts to reveal anything other than broad structural determinants or proximate causes. Efforts to apply narrative methods have been limited to the… 

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