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The Roots of Rough JusticeOrigins of American Lynching$
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Michael J. Pfeifer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036132

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036132.001.0001

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Collective Violence in the British Atlantic

Collective Violence in the British Atlantic

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(p.7) 1. Collective Violence in the British Atlantic
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The Roots of Rough Justice
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Michael J. Pfeifer

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036132.003.0002

This chapter is a brief survey of collective violence across the early modern Anglo-American world. It illustrates how the legal and cultural antecedents of American lynching were carried across the Atlantic by migrants from the British Isles to colonial North America. Collective violence was a familiar aspect of the early modern Anglo-American legal landscape. Group violence in the British Atlantic was usually nonlethal in intention and consequence but it occasionally shaded, particularly in the seventeenth century in the context of political turmoil in England and unsettled social and political conditions in the American colonies, into rebellions and riots that took multiple lives. In the years before and after the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Americans transformed older British notions and practices of crowd action and imbued them with new meanings amid the egalitarian and reformist implications of the Revolution and the early American Republic.

Keywords:   collective violence, Anglo-American world, group violence, crowd action, early American Republic, American Revolution, American lynching

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