The lawlessness of law: lynching and anti-lynching in the contemporary USA

  title={The lawlessness of law: lynching and anti-lynching in the contemporary USA},
  author={Jesse S. Carr},
  journal={Settler Colonial Studies},
  pages={153 - 163}
  • Jesse S. Carr
  • Published 2 April 2016
  • History
  • Settler Colonial Studies
This article examines the mutually constitutive nature of mob rule and rule of law, arguing that American histories of lynching indicate it has been a form of state-sanctioned violence rather than a result of ‘lawlessness.' The article furthermore argues that pro-lynching discourses remain ubiquitous in contemporary US culture, despite ostensible rejection of the practice. The persistence of pro-lynching ideologies and ‘modern-day lynchings' indicates the ongoing need for anti-lynching… 
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