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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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The Midwest in the Late Lynching Period

The Midwest in the Late Lynching Period

“A queer precipitate of the old and the new”

(p.161) 8 The Midwest in the Late Lynching Period
Hostile Heartland

Brent M. S. Campney

University of Illinois Press

This chapter uses a lynching in South Point, Ohio, in 1932 as an example of the changing nature of this type of violence during its twilight in the Midwest, a change described as “underground lynching” in the late lynching period. It sketches the contours of the lynching, white motivations, the initial black campaign for justice, and the trial. It then explores the black political and legal struggles for justice, including the roles of local and national civil rights groups like the NAACP. Next, it addresses the characteristics of underground lynching, as exemplified by the Murray lynching and similar lynchings elsewhere. Last, it considers its substantive and historiographical implications for Midwestern mob violence and the black freedom struggle.

Keywords:   mob violence, black resistance, Midwest, late lynching period, underground lynching, civil rights groups, NAACP, black freedom struggle

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