Lynching in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism: Resistance To Lynching In Society And The Press - Essay

Donald L. Grant (essay date 1975)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Grant, Donald L. “The Role of the Press, Education, and the Church in the Anti-lynching Reform.” In The Anti-lynching Movement: 1883-1932, pp. 76-103. San Francisco, Calif.: R and E Research Associates, 1975.

[In the following excerpt, Grant examines the treatment of lynching in both the white and black press.]

In the 1880s the press was divided on the question of lynching along the same lines that the country was divided. The Black press uniformly opposed lynching, while the white press usually ignored it, excused it, or sometimes encouraged it. The Black press was weak, its readership small, and its editors and printing plants were subject to violence if...

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W. Fitzhugh Brundage (essay date 1993)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Brundage, W. Fitzhugh. “‘We Live in an Age of Lawlessness’: The Response to Lynching in Virginia.” In Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930, pp. 161-90. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1993.

[In the following essay, Brundage details responses to lynching by politicans and the press in Virginia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.]

Opposition to lynching in Virginia mounted slowly. Even at its strongest, it faced daunting obstacles. Opposition to mob violence was controversial everywhere in the South because virtually any discussion of the legitimacy of lynching touched upon white attitudes about...

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