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- The lynching of black bodies during the Jim Crow era was an indication of the racial terrorism in United States. Racial terrorism in the form of lynching was employed to maintain social control over black people. The justifications depended upon the racist tropes of hyper-sexuality and the innate criminality of blackness. Lynching has a longstanding relationship with vigilante justice, in particular mob violence. It was considered to be a state and community-sanctioned form of violence that is grounded in white vigilantism and false notions of Blackness in order to maintain white supremacy. Law enforcement often enabled and even engaged in lynching in the name of alleged justice for a private citizen. In this thesis, I hope to answer two questions: How has the practice of lynching transformed over time and how has the relationship between vigilante justice and the state enabled the continuation of racial terrorism to maintain white supremacy? I will argue that although the definition of lynching may have differed over time, the racist and gendered foundation of violence remained the same. I will also argue that lynching patters changed after World War II and I will explore why lynching during the Jim Crow era persisted despite major efforts by anti-lynching abolitionists to pass legislation. I hope to expose the underlying racial terrorism that continues to manifest in contemporary measures that maintain the social control of black bodies.
- Dissertation Note:
- B.A. Pennsylvania State University 2020.
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- The full text of the dissertation is available as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file ; Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the file.
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