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Imprisoned by the PastWarren McCleskey and the American Death Penalty$
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Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199967933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967933.001.0001

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Lynching and Race in America

Lynching and Race in America

Chapter 10 Lynching and Race in America
Imprisoned by the Past

Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives an overview of the history of lynching in America and the role of race in extrajudicial killings. Warren McCleskey’s claims in McCleskey v. Kemp had their foundations in the United States’ history of racial discrimination connecting back to America’s history of slavery and lynching. Extrajudicial killings were used for various reasons throughout the country, but the largest number occurred in the South and involved victims who were African Americans. This chapter on an important period in African-American history also explains how during the 1920s lynchings began to decline. But the legacy of lynching would arise again as a response to the civil rights movement, including the killing of Emmett Till in 1955.

Keywords:   lynching, racial discrimination, African-American history, Emmett Till, civil rights movement, anti-lynching movement, the South, race, African Americans

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