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They stole him out of jail : Willie Earle, South Carolina's last lynching victim / William B. Gravely.

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Allentown Public Library 364.134 GRAV (Text) 34455006676288 New Adult Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781611179378
  • ISBN: 1611179378
  • Physical Description: xxi, 309 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Columbia, South Carolina : The University of South Carolina Press, [2019]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [235]-292) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Due process denied -- Prosecuting dilemmas -- Roundup in record time -- Shifting sentiment -- Homicide narratives -- Discovering Willie Earle -- Hosting a media blitz -- Subverting the state's case -- Through the eyes of Rebecca West -- No further suspense -- Anticipating the future -- A lynching remembered.
Summary, etc.:
"Over the last quarter century, a surge in scholarship about lynching in the United States coincided with a discussion by professional historians about why the topic had long suffered from neglect. New research has made possible a more complete picture of South Carolina's lynching history. The first major study, Terence Finnegan's 1993 dissertation, compared lynching in South Carolina and Mississippi. In 2006 John Hammond Moore set lynching in the state alongside murder and dueling over four decades after 1880. Two years later a Pickens County native and professor in an English university, Bruce Baker, used a case-study approach to compare seven lynchings in the two Carolinas from Reconstruction to 1930. All have drawn upon the earlier research of two master's students who surveyed twentieth-century in-state lynchings"-- Provided by publisher.
Biographical or Historical Data:
William B. Gravely, professor emeritus at the University of Denver, is the author of Gilbert Haven, Methodist Abolitionist, as well as numerous articles on religion and social change. He is a native of Pickens County, South Carolina, where the murder of T.W. Brown occurred and where Willie Earle was jailed before his abduction.--From pg 3 of cover.
Subject: Earle, Willie, 1922-1947 > Death and burial.
African Americans > South Carolina > History.
African Americans > Crimes against > South Carolina > History.
Lynching > South Carolina > History > 20th century.
Lynching > Press coverage > United States > History > 20th century.
Civil rights > South Carolina.
South Carolina > Race relations > History.
Genre: History.

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