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Hostile HeartlandRacism, Repression, and Resistance in the Midwest$
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Brent M. S. Campney

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042492

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042492.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Hostile Heartland

Brent M. S. Campney

University of Illinois Press

The introduction provides an overview of the scholarship and identifies the aims of Hostile Heartland. It draws distinctions between racial and racist violence, assesses different types of violence and their uses, and addresses the temporal trajectory of lynching from its bifurcation into lethal and non-lethal forms, through its so-called heyday, and into its demise as underground lynching. It considers all types of black resistance, be they armed force, the court system, the free press, or civil rights organizations. It also analyzes the transformation of the police and the white authorities generally from defenders against mob violence into its purveyors. The introduction also discusses the significance of the midwestern context as an antidote to a scholarship overwhelmingly focused on the South.

Keywords:   racist violence, lynching, underground lynching, black resistance, police, mob violence, Midwest

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