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Additional readings from Mississippi Quarterly Winter 2008/Spring 2009
Alexandre, Sandy. “Out: On a Limb The Spatial Politics of Lynching Photography.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 1/2, Winter 2008/Spring 2009, pp. 71–112.
The article presents a discussion of the practice of lynching in the early 20th-century Southern United States and examines the psychological and sociological elements of space, property, power, and media within its practices of violent action and souvenir photography. Discussion is particularly given to the manifestations of location and space within the systematic humiliation done against the victim. Further analysis is offered concerning the psychology of lynch-postcards.
Apel, Dora. “Memorialization and Its Discontents: America’s First Lynching Memorial.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 1/2, Winter 2008/Spring 2009, pp. 217–235.
The article presents an overview of the development of the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial of Duluth, Minnesota, a monument erected to commemorate and mourn the lynching of three African Americans in 1920. An account of the lynching events themselves is provided, along with discussion of the resistance by some community members in the 21st-century who opposed the monument's creation. Questions are raised concerning the social psychology of monuments and memory.
Armstrong, Julie Buckner. “‘The People…took Exception to Her Remarks’: Meta Warrick Fuller, Angelina Weld Grimké, and the Lynching of Mary Turner.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 1/2, Winter 2008/Spring 2009, pp. 113–141.
The article presents an exploration into the events of the 1918 lynching of the Georgian African American woman Mary Turner and its depiction within the sculpture "In Memory of Mary Turner: As a Silent Protest Against Mob Violence," by Meta Warrick Fuller and the short story "Goldie," by Angelina Weld Grimké. Discussion is given regarding what the works reveal about the events and social psychology present behind the action.
Arnold, Edwin T. “Across the Road from the Barbecue House.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 1/2, Winter 2008/Spring 2009, pp. 267–292.
The article presents a historical overview of the events of the lynching of the African Americans Elijah Strickland and Sam Hose in 1899 in Palmetto, Georgia. Details are given describing the events which triggered the mob-violence, the events of the killings, and the various responses by the community in the aftermath dealing with the publicity and guilt of the actions through the following century.
Carbonell, Bettina M. “The Afterlife of Lynching: Exhibitions and the Re-Composition of Human Suffering.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 1/2, Winter 2008/Spring 2009, pp. 197–215.
The article presents a discussion of the "afterlife" of lynching, and the ethical and aesthetic elements of depicting violent hate crimes of the past. The dichotomy between the chaotic and disturbing historical events themselves and the ordered, aesthetic exhibition of their study in museums is highlighted. Questions are raised regarding the long-term socio-psychological impact of the exhibition of violence in institutions.
Henninger, Katherine. “Atrocity or Nation-Building? The Difference Is in the Eye of the Beholder.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 1/2, Winter 2008/Spring 2009, pp. 237–266.
The article presents a comparison of the prison abuse of the U.S. military prison of Abu Ghraib in 2004 and the racial lynching of the early 20th-century, analyzing the common psychosocial elements of their documentation in photography and the reactions of the populace when faced with them. Questions are raised particularly addressing nationalistic and normative ideals of American identity.
Metress, Christopher. “Submitted for Their Approval: Rod Serling and the Lynching of Emmett Till.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 1/2, Winter 2008/Spring 2009, pp. 143–172.
The article presents a discussion of the television films "A Town Has Turned to Dust," and "Noon on Doomsday," by Rod Serling, and their depiction of the historical lynching of Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi in 1955. The article discusses the production history of the television programs, noting both Serling's efforts to relate the story of the murder and the resistance met in various capacities to air it.
Mathews, Donald G. “The Southern Rite of Human Sacrifice: Lynching in the American South.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 1/2, Winter 2008/Spring 2009, pp. 27–70.
The article presents an exploration into the religious aspects of racial violence and lynching in the Southern United States in the late 19th- and early 20th-century. An overview of the scholastic historical study of lynching since the 1980s is given, noting the absence of connection between the religious culture of the South and racial violence. An analysis is then provided of the ritual aspects of lynching and discusses them as a form of human sacrifice within Southern Christian thought.
Wood, Amy Louise, and Susan V. Donaldson. “Lynching’s Legacy in American Culture.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 1/2, Winter 2008/Spring 2009, pp. 5–25.
The article presents an introductory exploration into the historical scholarship of lynching in the Southern U.S. A 21st-century resurgence of interest in the events and social motives of early 20th-century racial violence is noted. Details are given outlining the development of historical study of lynching in U.S. studies, particularly noting the mid 20th-century aversion to the subject. An introduction to the feature essays of the Winter 2008 issue is also provided.