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    James R. McGovern(Author)

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"A sensitive and forthright analysis of one of the most gruesome episodes in Florida history... McGovern has produced a richly detailed case study that should enhance our general understanding of mob violence and vigilantism." -- Florida Historical Quarterly

"[McGovern] has succeeded in writing more than a narrative account of this bloodcurdling story; he has explored its causes and ramifications." -- American Historical Review

"A finely crafted historical case study of one lynching, its antecedents, and its aftermath." -- Contemporary Sociology

First published in 1982, James R. McGovern's Anatomy of a Lynching unflinchingly reconstructs the grim events surrounding the death of Claude Neal, one of the estimated three thousand blacks who died at the hands of southern lynch mobs in the six decades between the 1880s and the outbreak of World War II.

Neal was accused of the brutal rape and murder of Lola Cannidy, a young white woman he had known since childhood. On October 26, 1934, a well-organized mob took Neal from his jail cell. The following night, the mob tortured Neal and hanged him to the point of strangulation, repeating the process until the victim died. A large crowd of men, women, and children who gathered to witness, celebrate, and assist in the lynching further mutilated Neal's body. Finally, the battered corpse was put on display, suspended as a warning from a tree in front of the Jackson County, Florida, courthouse.

Based on extensive research as well as on interviews with both blacks and whites who remember Neal's death, Anatomy of a Lynching sketches the social background of Jackson County, Florida -- deeply religious, crushed by the Depression, accustomed to violence, and proud of its role in the Civil War -- and examines which elements in the county's makeup contributed to the mob violence. McGovern offers a powerful dissection of an extraordinarily violent incident.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Anatomy of a Lynching carefully reconstructs the grim events surrounding the death of Claude Neal one of an estimated three thousand blacks to die at the hands of southern lynch mobs in the six decades between the 1880's and the outbreak of World War II. --This text refers to the Paperback edition. Manfred Berg holds the Curt Engelhorn Chair in American History at Heidelberg University. He is the author of Popular Justice: A History of Lynching in America.James R. McGovern (1928--2012) was a professor of history at the University of West Florida and the author of Yankee Family and Emergence of a City in the Modern South: Pensacola, 1900--1945. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 184 pages
  • James R. McGovern(Author)
  • Louisiana State Univ Pr; First edition (June 1, 1982)
  • English
  • 6
  • Politics & Social Sciences

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  • By kelimarka on December 26, 2015

    Thx gift was perfect

  • By speedlogic56 on February 8, 2014

    Very good book!!!!! Good piece of history for people to learn about the blacks in the south. I loved it

  • By Lonnie Williams on October 10, 2014

    This is a great book about what actual happen in Jackson County Florida. Everyone should read this book. I read Dale Cox book and it clearly do not tell the full story of what happen.

  • By Guest on February 18, 2001

    This true and gruesome account of the systematic torture and killing of a human being as a public spectacle is an outrage to humanity. This story unveils a very hidden period in American history and is a very descriptive account of racial hatred and racial control gone too far. Even though this book is very chilling tale, it is a story that needed to be published and needs to be read by everyone. This book was required reading in a crime and political order class I took when I was an undergraduate. I thought I was a well-read American history buff, but after reading this, I am fascinated that I was completely unaware of the public and sanctioned torture of Americans from the end of slavery until the civil rights movement for the first 23 years of my life. The period in American history where racial hatred was acted upon and justified is not far behind us and this documentation is an important account of terror that is not often mentioned.

  • By Wendy Ammons on November 1, 2009

    I first learned about this book while attending college. A classmate of mine recommended it to me. I am from the area mentioned in this book and even though I've lived in this area my whole life, I never knew the history of this incident. I couldn't believe that this incident was so recent and that it was so violent. If you are interested in Southern history, this is a must read!


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