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LynchedThe Victims of Southern Mob Violence$
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Amy Kate Bailey and Stewart E. Tolnay

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620879

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620879.001.0001

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Targeted Because of Their Success?

Targeted Because of Their Success?

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(p.119) Chapter Five Targeted Because of Their Success?
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Lynched
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Amy Kate Bailey

Stewart E. Tolnay

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620879.003.0005

This chapter examines whether black and mixed-race men with higher social standing were exposed to a greater risk of mob violence than were their lower-status neighbors. The results show that southern mobs did not select their victims at random from the general black male population. There were important differentials in the risk of victimization according to both social marginality and social standing. However, what motivated mobs to exercise discretion in their targeting of victims cannot be known. Mobs did consider potential community reaction in their selection of victims. But until there is access to better information about the decision-making calculus of southern mobs the precise explanation for the patterns of differential risk for black men that was documented in this chapter and in Chapter 4 must remain open for debate.

Keywords:   southern lynching, mob violence, lynch victims, black men, victimization, social marginality, social standing

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