The Influence of Political Dynamics on Southern Lynch Mob Formation and Lethality

  title={The Influence of Political Dynamics on Southern Lynch Mob Formation and Lethality},
  author={Ryan Hagen and Ryan Kinga Peter Makovi and Ryan Kinga Peter Bearman},
  journal={Social Forces},
  pages={757 - 787}
Existing literature focuses on economic competition as the primary causal factor in Southern lynching. Political drivers have been neglected, as findings on their effects have been inconclusive. We show that these consensus views arise from selection on a contingent outcome variable: whether mobs intent on lynching succeed. We constructed an inventory of averted lynching events in Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina—instances in which lynch mobs formed but were thwarted, primarily by law… Expand

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