A Festival of Violence: An Analysis of Southern Lynchings, 1882-1930
by Stewart E Tolnay and E M Beck
University of Illinois Press, 1995
Paper: 978-0-252-06413-5 | Cloth: 978-0-252-02127-5
Library of Congress Classification HV6464.T65 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 364.134

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This finely detailed statistical study of lynching in ten southern states shows that economic and status concerns were at the heart of that violent
practice. Stewart Tolnay and E. M. Beck empirically test competing explanations of the causes of lynching, using U.S. Census and historical voting data and a newly constructed inventory of southern lynch victims. Among their surprising findings: lynching responded to fluctuations in the price of cotton, decreasing in frequency when prices rose and increasing when they fell.
 

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