Under Sentence of Death: Lynching in the South


"This important contribution to southern history and the history of U.S. race relations promises to inform, challenge, and enlighten readers". Patricia Sullivan, Author of Days of Hope: Race and Democracy in the New Deal Era

Explores the legacies lynching left to southern society and the black struggle for social justice

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.

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.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Larry J. Griffin
  • Paula Clark
  • Joanne C. Sandberg
  • Roberta Senechal De La Roche
  • Thomas G. Dyer
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Chapel Hill, NC
Publication year:
  • 1997