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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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(p.88) Epilogue
The Roots of Rough Justice

Michael J. Pfeifer

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter expands the subject of lynching to a global, transnational focus, briefly suggesting the implications of the book's analysis for understanding contemporary lynching violence in locales as different as Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean. In recent decades, group killing across global cultures has, like American lynching in the long nineteenth century, reflected ambivalence about alterations in law and social values and rejection of seemingly ineffectual legal regimes that ostensibly do not offer sufficient protections for the property or security of particular communities. The chapter also traces the evolution of lynching from the early modern death penalty and its eventual shift to the modern death penalty; in fact, the contemporary American death penalty carries forth the cultural legacy of the battle over rough justice and due process that marked the United States' distinctive path during the long nineteenth century.

Keywords:   lynching, global cultures, American lynching, law, social values, death penalty, rough justice, due process

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