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At the Altar of Lynching: Burning Sam Hose in the American South

Donald G. Mathews (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (emeritus))
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Language
English
Series
Cambridge Studies on the American South
ISBN
9781107182974, 1107182972, 9781316633984, 1316633985
Summary
"The story of a black day-laborer called Sam Hose killing his white employer in a workplace dispute ended in a lynching of enormous religious significance. For many deeply-religious communities in the Jim Crow South, killing those like Sam Hose restored balance to a moral cosmos upended by a heinous crime. A religious intensity in the mood and morality of segregation surpassed law, and in times of social crisis could justify illegal white violence--even to the extreme act of lynching. In At the Altar of Lynching, distinguished historian Donald G. Mathews offers a new interpretation of the murder of Sam Hose, which places the religious culture of the evangelical South at its center. He carefully considers how mainline Protestants, especially women, not only in many instances came to support or accept lynching, but gave the act religious meaning and justification"--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • Before the burning : Southern mastery
  • Sex, danger, and religion : facing a "savage fury"
  • Kindling the fire
  • Burning Sam Hose
  • Ashes : rape and history
  • Ashes : the blind and sighted
  • At the altar : crucifixion.
Description
ix, 347 pages ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-332) and index.
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