Berg 2014 Lynchjustiz

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Author: Manfred Berg

Title: Lynchjustiz in den USA

Subtitle: -

Place: Hamburg

Publisher: Hamburger Edition

Year: 2014

Pages: 274pp.

ISBN-13: 9783868542738 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: German

Keywords: 19th Century, 20th Century | U.S. History | Offenders: Punishments / Lynching

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Author: Manfred Berg, Historisches Seminar, Universität HeidelbergWikipedia


»Lynch law is to, to this day, linked to racism, terror, and violence, as well as to the infamous Ku-Klux-Klan and the American South. In the course of US history, more tens of thousands lost their lives as victims of lynching. In the name of "justice", "people's self-defense, and the "primacy of the white race", people were tarred and feathered, tortured, hanged, or burned to death.
More or less organized groups, who claimed they were acting in the name of local communities and a higher form of justice, punished purported criminals. Manfred Berg tells the story of lynch law from its beginnings in the colonial era and during the American Revolution up until the present day. He pays special attention to racist lynching practices against African-Americans but also reminds readers of other, long-forgotten groups of victims such as people of Mexican and Chinese origin.
Further sections of Berg's book are devoted to resistance against lynch law and to an examination of why lynching ended in the mid-twentieth century. Also addressed is the question of the heritage of lynching in contemporary American culture. This incisive account offers intriguing answers to highly significant questions. Why is acceptance of the state's monopoly on the use of force comparatively low in the US? Why is the criminal justice system in the US the most draconian among Western societies? What continuities can be discerned between lynching and the death penalty?« (Source: Hamburger Edition)


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Original: Berg, Manfred. Popular Justice. A History of Lynching in America. Chicago 2011.

Wikipedia: Lynching: Lynching in the United States

Added: October 4, 2014 – Last updated: October 4, 2014