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On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-First Century

Sherrilyn A. Ifill ; foreword by Bryan Stevenson
Format
Book
Published
Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, [2018]
Edition
Tenth-anniversary edition
Language
English
Variant Title
On the courthouse lawn : confronting the legacy of lynching in the 21st century
ISBN
9780807023044, 0807023043
Summary
Nearly five thousand black Americans were lynched between 1890 and 1960, and the effects of this racial trauma continue to resound. Inspired by South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and drawing on techniques of restorative justice, Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, offers concrete ways for communities to heal. She also issues a clarion call for communities with histories of racial violence to be proactive in facing this legacy. This revised edition speaks powerfully to us in these times that have witnessed the creation of the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. In a new foreword from Bryan Stevenson helps readers to better understand contemporary struggles and come to terms with the legacy of racial terror in the United States. In a new afterword, Ifill reflects on the recent strides made throughout the country to break the silence surrounding lynching and to recognize the victims of violence.
Contents
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • pt. 1. A season of madness: twentieth-century lynching on the Eastern Shore. A conversation on race: lynching and the courthouse lawn ; Mob rule on the shore, 1931-1933 ; A conspiracy of silence: ordinary people and complicity in lynching ; "The law in all its majesty" ; "Serving the peninsula": local newspapers and lynching
  • pt. 2. Truth and reconciliation for lynching in the twenty-first century ; Reconciliation and lynching in international context ; Breaking the silence: "words are the most powerful tools of all" ; Confronting the role of institutions in racial/ethnic violence ; Reconciliation in the Twenty-first century.
Description
xxiv, 211 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Notes
  • Originally published in 2007.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 186-198) and index.
Technical Details
  • Access in Virgo Classic

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