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The Roots of Rough Justice: Origins of American Lynching

Michael J. Pfeifer


This deeply researched prequel to the author's 2006 study Rough Justice: Lynching and American Society, 1874–1947, analyzes the foundations of lynching in American social history. Scrutinizing the vigilante movements and lynching violence that occurred in the middle decades of the nineteenth century on the Southern, Midwestern, and far Western frontiers, this book offers new insights into collective violence in the pre-Civil War era. The book examines the antecedents of American lynching in an early modern Anglo-European folk and legal heritage. This is the first book to consider the crucial e ... More

Keywords: American social history, American lynching, vigilante movement, lynching violence, slaves, antebellum America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036132
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036132.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael J. Pfeifer, author
The City University of New York