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Lecture 2

HISTORY 373 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: De Jure, White Southerners

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The new south and the “redeemers”
lynching: a form of terrorism, meant to control the newly-free black population
it was political, ideological, and material
characteristics shared by victims
it was symbolic and a parody of the U.S justice system
commercially-successful black men or black women who stepped out to say
something were usually targets for lynching
lynching announcements show:
the destruction of black lives = written into the entertainment of the south (and
the law and the justice system doesn’t apply to black people (“you don’t count”)
by publishing it in a newspaper, it’s normalizing lynching/dehumanizing them
the victim would be taken to jail and have a “mock trial” and find the individual
guilty no matter what happens
executions happened in public, usually in town squares
in the absence of “de jure” means of keeping Black Americans “in their place”,
white southerners developed a “de facto” way of reminding Black Americans of
the racial/gender/sexual order (and therefore social, political and economic) in the
New South
Ida B. Wells was one of a very few to speak out about/write about lynching. Why
her? What made her special or unique?
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