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Liberalizing Lynching: Building a New Racialized State

Daniel Kato


This book analyzes the federal government’s role in lynchings. How did the federal government shift from an active policy of combating lynchings during Reconstruction to a policy of passivity, only then to return to the more active policy approximately eighty years later? Federal inactivity was justified on a false premise—namely, that the judiciary precluded federal rights enforcement. The judiciary did not preclude federal rights enforcement; it simply accommodated federal nonintervention. By couching inaction in terms of jurisprudential restrictions in a federalist system, political officia ... More

Keywords: constitutional anarchy, federal government, interbranch dynamics, liberalism, lynching

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190232573
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190232573.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Kato, author
Term Assistant Professor in Political Science, Barnard College