By James R. McGovern,Manfred Berg
"A delicate and forthright research of 1 of the main ugly episodes in Florida history... McGovern has produced a richly unique case learn that are supposed to increase our common knowing of mob violence and vigilantism." -- Florida historic Quarterly
"[McGovern] has succeeded in writing greater than a story account of this bloodcurdling tale; he has explored its motives and ramifications." -- American historic Review
"A finely crafted old case research of 1 lynching, its antecedents, and its aftermath." -- modern Sociology
First released in 1982, James R. McGovern's Anatomy of a Lynching unflinchingly reconstructs the awful occasions surrounding the dying of Claude Neal, one of many envisioned 3 thousand blacks who died by the hands of southern lynch mobs within the six a long time among the Eighteen Eighties and the outbreak of global warfare II.
Neal used to be accused of the brutal rape and homicide of Lola Cannidy, a tender white lady he had identified when you consider that early life. On October 26, 1934, a well-organized mob took Neal from his reformatory cellphone. the subsequent evening, the mob tortured Neal and hanged him to the purpose of strangulation, repeating the method until eventually the sufferer died. a wide crowd of guys, ladies, and kids who collected to witness, have a good time, and help in the lynching extra mutilated Neal's physique. eventually, the battered corpse was once wear show, suspended as a caution from a tree in entrance of the Jackson County, Florida, courthouse.
Based on broad learn in addition to on interviews with either blacks and whites who keep in mind Neal's dying, Anatomy of a Lynching sketches the social historical past of Jackson County, Florida -- deeply spiritual, beaten via the melancholy, conversant in violence, and pleased with its position within the Civil conflict -- and examines which components within the county's make-up contributed to the mob violence. McGovern bargains a robust dissection of a very violent incident.
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Anatomy of a Lynching: The Killing of Claude Neal by James R. McGovern,Manfred Berg