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Lynching in the New South
Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993), 375 pages.

Based on an analysis of nearly six hundred lynchings, this volume offers a new, full appraisal of the complex character of lynching. By focusing on two states, the work addresses three central questions ignored by precious studies: How can the variation in lynching over space and time be explained? To what extent was lynching a social ritual that affirmed traditional values? What were the causes of the decline of lynching?

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