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Living with Lynching – African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930

Koritha Mitchell


This book demonstrates that popular lynching plays were mechanisms through which African American communities survived actual and photographic mob violence. Often available in periodicals, lynching plays were read aloud or acted out by black church members, schoolchildren, and families. This book shows that these community performances and readings presented victims as honorable heads of households being torn from model domestic units by white violence, counter to the dominant discourses that depicted lynching victims as isolated brutes. Examining lynching plays as archival texts that embody b ... More

Keywords: lynching plays, African Americans, mob violence, community performance, white violence, sociocultural exchange, racial terrorism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036491
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036491.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Koritha Mitchell, author
Ohio State University

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